Doula services are meant to be individualized and patient centric, as well as being flexible. The doula will work directly with the person who is ill and their main caregiver both individually and together. Typically, visits are done weekly with more frequent visits at the beginning of our work together and during vigil depending on the changing needs of the client. Doula services are generally based on a three-phase model: a) summing up and planning, b) vigil, and c) bereavement.
Doula services are meant to be individualized and patient centric, as well as being flexible. What I have listed here is a starting place. Let’s discuss to ensure you receive the services that will meet your specific needs.
Doula services are designed to be highly individualized. Every plan is as unique as the person it is being created for. All doula services are generally based on $75.00 per hour. After initial consultation, an assessment will be made and, if appropriate, package pricing may be proposed. I am happy to connect for a free, 60-minute consultation by phone, video call, or in person to hear your story and share how doula services could help.
An Initial Intake consultation is meant to gain an understanding of specific client needs, share the doula’s scope of practice and code of ethics, and initiate a working relationship. From this initial assessment, visit frequency, client comfort, environmental needs, and goals of care can be established. We may also touch on legacy projects, after death care, celebration of life planning, and any other resources that may be required. An initial intake consultation will be anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, and the client and doula will determine a level of service that is appropriate for the circumstances.
Initial Intake Consultation – up to 3 hours of visit time $200
Summing Up and Planning
The initial intake consultation will help establish a level of service that is appropriate for the individual circumstances during the summing up and planning phase of our work together. All doula services are generally based on $75.00 per hour and package pricing will be proposed if appropriate. Examples of levels of service for the planning phase could be:
Planning Level 1 – up to 6 hours of visit time $420 per month
Planning Level 2 – up to 10 hours of visit time $650 per month
Planning Level 3 – up to 15 hours of visit time $900 per month
The vigil is a condensed period of time during active dying when families are trying to make sure their loved one is comfortable and never alone. Having a doula present can help ensure the dying person’s wishes are being respected, provide a peaceful presence, and fill gaps so family members can get the rest they need. All doula services are generally based on $75.00 per hour and package pricing will be proposed if appropriate. Examples of levels of service for the vigil phase are as follows:
Vigil Level 1 – up to 6 hours of visit time $450
Vigil Level 2 – up to 9 hours of visit time $675
Vigil Level 3 – up to 12 hours of visit time $900
Legacy projects are highly individualized and can be quite simple or very complex. Legacy projects are priced separately based on time and materials. All pricing will be discussed and clearly communicated prior to commencing the work.
The third phase of doula services involves reprocessing the end-of-life experience and early grief support. This can occur in one long session or over a period of several months. The caregiver, family and doula will work together to discuss what level of support will best meet the needs of the family. All doula services are generally based on $75.00 per hour and package pricing will be proposed if appropriate. Examples of levels of service could be:
Bereavement Level 1 – up to 6 hours of visit time $420
Bereavement Level 2 – up to 10 hours of visit time $650
Bereavement Level 3 – up to 15 hours of visit time $900
Are Doula Services Covered by Insurance?
At this time, doula services are private pay and are not covered by insurance. Many in the field prefer that private pay remain the model as doulas are then able to practice in a way that gives maximum flexibility respecting the individuality of each client they serve. Just as every life is unique, so is every death, and being able to honor both in a way that respects each individual is of utmost importance to the process.