Hiring a doula in Washington
A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
Doulas are not medical professionals, but they are an invaluable asset to have on your birth team. They are there to provide support and guidance, answer any questions you may have, and help you advocate for yourself and your baby.
There are many things a doula can help with, but here are some of the most common:
1. Creating a birth plan: A doula can help you figure out what you want and need for your birth, and then help you communicate those wishes to your care provider.
2. Staying calm and relaxed: Childbirth is an intense experience, both physically and emotionally. A doula can help you stay focused and calm during labor, which can help you manage the pain and make better decisions.
3. Pain management: A doula can provide counter-pressure during contractions, help you find comfortable positions, and offer massage and other relaxation techniques.
4. Breastfeeding support: A doula can help you get started with breastfeeding, and provide guidance and support if you run into any difficulties.
5. Postpartum support: A doula can help you recover physically and emotionally after childbirth, and adjust to life with a new baby. They can also provide guidance on newborn care and breastfeeding.
Top doula businesses in Washington
Below are some of the best doula businesses in Washington:
|Business Name||Rating||Categories||Phone Number||Address|
|Your Water Birth||Midwives, Doulas||+15099628630||1205 N Delphine St, Ellensburg, WA 98926|
|Merry Doula||Doulas||+14252437551||Bellevue, WA 98006|
|Doula Deb||Childbirth Education, Doulas, Sleep Specialists||+12069222051||Tacoma, WA 98445|
|Fern Lactation||Lactation Services||+12537801700||4141 6th Ave, Ste C, Tacoma, WA 98406|
|TulaDoula Birth Services||Doulas||+12069739155||Lynnwood, WA 98052|
|Bayside Birth||Midwives, Doulas, Placenta Encapsulations||+14254050278||11314 4th Ave W, Ste 108, Everett, WA 98204|
|Jess Nicole||Trainers, Prenatal/Perinatal Care||Lake Stevens, WA 98258|
|El Camino Midwifery||Lactation Services||+12532714122||Tacoma, WA 92058|
Individual Doulas in Washington by price:
We have also compiled a list of individual doulas working in Washington and their prices. Please see this table and reach out to us if you are a doula and would like to be included:
Doulas in Washington
|wdt_ID||Name||Clinic Name||Birth Fee||Postpartum Rate - hourly||Clients per month||Type of practice||Contact||Birth Doula Certifications||Birth Doula Experience||Postpartum Doula Experience||Doula Training||Type of Practice||Attends Hospital Births||Attends Birth Center Births||Attends Home Center Births||College Education||Relevant volunteer or advocacy work||Fee details||Phone||State||Full Address||Service Range|
|2268||Angela Hodge||Angela Hodge Birth Services||$800 to $1200||1 to 3||Solo practice||https://www.angelahodgebirthservices.com||Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS) - Certified Doula||3 years and 28 births attended||DONA International, September 2018||Type of practice: Solo practice||Attends hospital births? Some HospitalsHappy to attend hospital births in Seattle and Tacoma||Attends birth center births? All Birth CentersI birthed my three children at birth centers in Seattle.||Attends home births? Any Home BirthHappy and honored to assist in the home.||MA/MS||Volunteer birth doula with St. Joseph hospital in Tacoma, Nurture Seattle parent mentor||As a doula and birth photographer, I honor the remarkable differences in each birth story, and hope to encourage parents to trust in themselves and the birth process. I am a certified birth photographer through Birth Becomes You, a childbirth educator with the Parent Trust/Great Starts organization, and a volunteer doula with St. Joseph hospital in Tacoma. I live on Vashon Island and serve people in the Seattle area, Tacoma, and Kitsap County. I always ensure back-up doulas are available in my service areas. Currently I am charging $800 for birth photography, $1,000 for doula services, and $1,200 for a combined doula and photography package. However, I will happily discuss reduced pricing and sliding scale solutions for those in financial need. No family will be turned away for lack of funds. I take covid precautions seriously and have been fully vaccinated.||Washington||Seattle, WA||20 miles|
|2269||Ashley Weyers, CD||Rove Perinatal Services||$1250 to $1750||45||1 to 4 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families||Solo practice||https://roveperinatal.com||Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS) - Certified Doula||0 years and 23 births attended||0 years and 5 families served||DONA International, March 2020,DONA International, March 2021||Type of practice: Solo practice||Attends hospital births? All Hospitals||Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers||Attends home births? Any Home Birth||MA/MS||I am a volunteer with Open Arms Perinatal Services, delivering diapers, wipes, and other supplies to families in the community.||My fees operate on a sliding scale. You pay what you can based on your family's budget. NEW: Birth+Postpartum Package for $2,750-$4,250 (visit my website for more info).||4258707511||Washington||Seattle, WA||25 miles|
|2270||Leigh McBride, CD(DONA)||Expecting Joy Company||$1200 to $1400||2 to 4||Doula agency employee||https://www.expectingjoy.com/team/leigh-mcbride||DONA International - Certified Birth Doula||4 years and 52 births attended||DoulaBuilders, July 2015,DONA International, February 2017||Type of practice: Doula agency employee||Attends hospital births? All HospitalsI attend births at all King County and upper Pierce County hospitals (No Snohomish County hospitals). I have attended births at Evergreen, Good Samaritan, Northwest, Overlake, Swedish First Hill, Swedish Issaquah, St. Anne (Highline), St. Elizabeth, St. Joseph, UW and Valley Medical.||Attends birth center births? All Birth CentersI attend births at all King County and upper Pierce County birth centers. I have attended births at the Center for Birth, Moonrise Birth Center and the Puget Sound Birth Centers in Kirkland and Renton.||Attends home births? Any Home BirthI commute up to 30 miles from Renton.||BA/BS||As your doula, I will provide support, information, and hands-on training in the hopes that you and your family feel supported and empowered. I look forward to meeting you! Birth Doula: Fees include 2 prenatal visits, on call from 38 weeks until birth, unlimited text and email support, continuous labor support and 1 postpartum visit. Placenta Encapsulation fee: $250||Washington||Renton, WA||30 miles No Ferries | No Kitsap County|
|2271||Sean Hoke & Kalyn Hulten||Let It Be Birth||$1,300||8||Partnership with 1 other doula||http://www.letitbebirth.com/sean--kalyn.html||Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS) - Certified Doula||10 years and 120 births attended||Birth Arts International, May 2012,PALS Doulas, May 2021||Type of practice: Partnership with 1 other doula||Attends hospital births? All HospitalsOur range includes Swedish (Edmonds and Issaquah), UWMC Main and Northwest Campus, Evergreen, Overlake and Providence Hospitals. If your hospital is not in this area, please inquire and we can discuss options! Our goal in a hospital birth is to meet you at your home and help navigate the portion of your labor you wish to do there, then assist with helping you get to the hospital where we provide excellent labor support and help you advocate for your care and personal birth goals.||Attends birth center births? All Birth CentersWe are happy to attend your birth in any of our local birth centers!||Attends home births? Any Home Birth||AA/AS||We offer our full doula package for $1300. A $500 nonrefundable retainer is collected upon hire and the remainder is due at the second prenatal visit. Please see our website for more information!||Washington||Monroe, WA||30 miles|
|2272||Amber Hohl||Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula Care||$1800 to $2200||40||4 to 5 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families||Partnership with 1 other doula||https://www.supportmybirth.com||Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS) - Certified Doula,Northwest Association of Postpartum Support (NAPS) - Certified Postpartum Doula||10 years and 131 births attended||3 years and 20 families served||MaternityWise, October 2011,Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), October 2017,Hypnobabies, June 2021||Type of practice: Partnership with 1 other doula||Attends hospital births? All Hospitals||Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers||Attends home births? Any Home Birth||AA/AS||PALS member, NAPS member, Former doula for MN Prison Doula Program||We offer a sliding scale so you can pay anywhere in our range. We also offer pro bono support and reduced fee if needed.||206-919-1146||Washington||Bothell, WA||13 miles|
|2273||Martha Snyder||Brave Steps Doula Services||$600 to $700||$25 to $35||1 to 3 births and 1 to 3 postpartum families||Solo practice||https://BraveStepsDoulaServices.com/||Bebo Mia - Certified Maternal Support Practioner,Bebo Mia - Certified Maternal Support Practioner||2 years and 3 births attended||2 years and 4 families served||Bebo Mia, June 2018||Type of practice: Solo practice||Attends hospital births? All Hospitals||Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers||Attends home births? Some Home BirthsNo planned unattended births||BA/BS||Fertility Doula, Board Member of The Rosemary Foundation for Maternal Care||Washington||Vancouver, WA||15 miles|
|2274||Amanda Clarke-Ray M.Ed., CD(DONA)||Amanda Clarke-Ray Doula Services||$1,600||35||1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families||Solo practice||https://amandaclarke-raydoula.com||DONA International - Certified Birth Doula||3 years and 57 births attended||3 years and 11 families served||DONA International, July 2018||Type of practice: Solo practice||Postpartum limits/restrictions: No smokers||Attends hospital births? Some HospitalsServing Evergreen, Overlake, Swedish Issaquah, Swedish Edmonds, Swedish First Hill, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital||Attends birth center births? Some Birth CentersServing Eastside Birth Center, Puget Sound Birth Center Kirkland and Renton, Center for Birth, Sprout Birth Center||MA/MS||Attends home births? Some Home Births||Assisted in Penny Simkin's home and hospital birth classes.||Washington||Duvall, WA||20 miles No ferries|
|2275||Suzanne Ledbetter, CD(DONA)(PALS)||Birth Doula & Photographer||$1300 to $1600||$35 to $40||1 to 4 births and 0 to 2 postpartum families||Solo practice||https://thedoulaphotographer.com/||DONA International - Certified Birth Doula,Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS) - Certified Doula||4 years and 83 births attended||3 years and 14 families served||Big Belly Services, June 2019||Type of practice: Solo practice||Postpartum limits/restrictions: **FULLY COVID VACCINATED*** **Postpartum only offered to birth clients.||Attends hospital births? All HospitalsSwedish Edmonds, Issaquah and first hill, UW Montlake, Northwest and Valley, Evergreen, Multicare, St Joes, Frances, and Elizabeth, Good Sam, and more||Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers||Attends home births? Any Home Birth||When I am not a part of the birth world I enjoy being a Make a Wish wish grantor. I also volunteer with autism programs thanks to my own children introducing me to a whole new world of parenting.||2062258276||Washington||Renton, WA||40 miles Open to discussing travel if you are out of the area.|
|2276||Cheryl Murfin, MA/IAEd, CD||Nesting Instincts||$3,000||65||1 births and 1 postpartum families||Partnership with 1 other doula||http://nestinginstinctsseattle.com/||Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS) - Certified Doula||20 years and 1000 births attended||15 years and 200 families served||DONA International, January 2003||Type of practice: Partnership with 1 other doula||Postpartum limits/restrictions: Due to severe allergy to tobacco, I am unable to work in a household with smokers.||Attends hospital births? All HospitalsAs your doula, I trust that you know what is best for you, your body and your baby. You are the expert here.I also understand that every woman comes to her birth with a unique life story and unique needs and therefore no one else can or should tell you what is best for you. Some women are more comfortable in a hospital setting for their birth and I fully support that choice. My own birthing experience includes hospital and home labors, each exactly where it should have been. For numerous reasons, some personal and some medical, a birthing woman may require one or many interventions. Whether in a hospital, birth center or at home, it is your body, your baby, your birth. I will listen to your story and be a resource for evidence-based information as you decide when, where and how to have your baby. Research shows clearly that for mothers and babies in low risk pregnancies, little or no intervention during birth yields the best outcomes in terms of material and infant health, successful breastfeeding and other indicators of well being. But for all its simple, incredible and precision mechanics, birth can sometimes be unpredictable and complicated. The best choices come from having information and strong support. Toward that end, I will seek to provide you with the most accurate, unbiased information possible as your transition into parenthood and I will strive to be strength for your journey. If you are expecting a loss, disability, adoption or other circumstance that requires special time and attention or expertise, please give me a call. These are areas in which I have ample experience and a particular desire to assist mothers and families.||Attends birth center births? All Birth CentersIf you have chosen a birth center for your family you have made a strong commitment to an unmedicated birth and I applaud you for that your choice. You have chosen a setting that will help you meet your goals. But whether you birth at a center, at home or in the hospital, you can expect the same focused, compassionate, information-based care from me. Every labor has its highs and lows and it is my goal to provide steady, centered support for you through it all. As a midwifey consumer myself, I am thrilled you have chosen to entrust your care and your baby into the hands of providers who fully trust birth, believe in your personal power and in your body and are pledged to protect this sacred moment for your baby.||BA/BS||Attends home births? Any Home BirthIf you are having your baby at home you have made a commitment to an unmedicated, truly family-centered birth and I am very excited for you and your family! But again, whether you birth at a center, at home or in the hospital, you can expect the same focused, compassionate, information-based care from me. Even in the more comforting and quiet setting of home, your experience of birth will be heightened by steady, centered support and it is my goal to be just that for you and your family through it all. Research shows that home birth is as safe or safer than hospital delivery for healthy low risk mothers and babies. I am thrilled you have chosen to entrust your care and your baby into the hands of profession midwives--providers who fully trust birth, believe in your personal power and in your body and are pledged to protect this sacred moment for your baby.||* Managing Editor A New Arrival Magazine (current) * Contributing Editor Seattle's Child Magazine (current) * Seattle Midwifery School Board of Directors (2009) * Former Executive Director: Seattle Midwifery School (2005-2008) * Former Board Member Association for Midwifery Educators * Former Board Member A Matter of Spirit * University of Washington Certificate in Nonprofit Management * Communications Director Children's Home Society of Washington||206.604.3280||Washington||Seattle, WA||15 miles Additional fees for clients more than 15 miles|
|2277||Lola Katschke CD(PALS), PCD(NAPS), CLE||Lola The Doula Care Services LLC||$1300 to $1800||$40 to $45||1 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families||Solo practice||http://www.lolathedoula.com||Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS) - Certified Doula,Northwest Association of Postpartum Support (NAPS) - Certified Postpartum Doula||1 years and 20 births attended||1 years and 29 families served||DONA International, January 2020,DONA International, July 2020||Type of practice: Solo practice||Postpartum limits/restrictions: No heavy duty cleaning ( e.g., bathroom, windows, yard work)||Attends hospital births? All Hospitals||Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers||BA/BS||Attends home births? Any Home Birthno unassisted births||My interest in birth work was very organic as a continuation of the childcare and teaching experiences I had both here and in South America. I grew up in warm Sao Paulo, Brazil, and after moving to Seattle, I dove deep into my calling to be a birth and postpartum doula. I realized that I had a unique ability to recognize and cater to peoples’ individual needs and to support them in their transition to parenthood. These skills are the foundation of my doula practice. When I think about the significant impact of my work as a doula can have on people’s lives, it immediately warms my heart. Knowing that I am the person who can assess their needs and bring the needed comfort and calm presence is both a great responsibility and a great joy. I enter each birthing situation with confidence and ease, and leave my work with a family knowing they have solid tools and confidence in their parenting skills. When I join a family during labor, I appreciate and honor that I am participating in one of the most important moments in their lives. I can adjust my support strategies to meet a family’s needs, reassure them of the good progress of the birthing person, and accompany them on that beautiful path until the baby is in their arms. As a Latina immigrant, I have experienced the challenges of adjusting to life in a new country without family nearby. I know first-hand how challenging it can be to reach out to a new support network for help. There is a lot of trust in a doula and birthing parent relationship. Everyone experiences new emotions, and these feelings can be scary. I am there to provide comfort as well as to share information to help the birthing family make informed and empowered decisions. -- Certified Lactation Educator / Certified Sleep Educator / Spinning Babies Supporter --||206 887 6871||Washington||Seattle, WA||10 miles|
|Name||Clinic Name||Birth Fee||Postpartum Rate - hourly||Clients per month||Type of practice||Contact||Birth Doula Certifications||Birth Doula Experience||Postpartum Doula Experience||Doula Training||Type of Practice||Attends Hospital Births||Attends Birth Center Births||Attends Home Center Births||College Education||Relevant volunteer or advocacy work||Fee details||Phone||State||Full Address||Service Range|
Doulas in Washington: Business Spotlight
Doula in Vancouver, WA Area
Business Name: Baby Nest Birth Services
We have over 10 years experience in hospitals, birth centers and home births, natural and water births, VBAC, gentle cesareans, epidural and medicated births. Very comfortable with all hospital protocols and have privileges at all local Vancouver, Washington, Portland, Oregon and surrounding area hospitals. Certified Bradley Instructor & Doula, AAHCC,IPPA, DONA.
We offer birth services for pregnancy, birth and postpartum including classes, doula support and placenta encapsulation. We offer Bradley Method Classes to help prepare the couple for a natural birth. We have two Certified Placenta Specialists (IPPA) providing placenta encapsulation and tinctures. In our agency we have supported over 300 births as birth doulas, bringing comfort and calm to the couple as they bring their baby into the world. Also has a Certified Postpartum Doula for support after the birth, and to hep the adjustment to having a baby.
Doula in Puyallup, WA
Business Name: Love and Passion Birth Doula
Website: Under Construction
Personal birth experience, unmedicated vaginal birth. Other birth experience prior to starting doula career. Enrolled into StillBirthDay University as a student, working towards certification to become a StillBirthDay Birth and Bereavement Doula. Currently certifying through Tiny Love Training and Certification.
My job is to work for you and support you and your family through the journey that lays ahead. No matter the choice, or the outcome.
Doula Services Offered:
I attend hospital births, birth center deliveries and will attend home births if there are no risk indicators. I also offer the following services:
- Belly casting
- Pregnancy and Childbirth support
- Postpartum support ( Cesareans included )
- Breastfeeding Support
- Support for military families
- Rebozo Novice, Rebozo Apprentice Certified through Gena Kirby.
Doula in Seattle, WA
Business Name: Power Full Birth
I am a DONA trained doula as well as a Childbirth Educator offering personally tailored childbirth education classes, one-on-one support calls for any concern, question, or worry you may be having. I have experience in hospital births, military support, and non-medical childbirth.
Doula Services Offered:
I am currently serving the Seattle area. See my website for doula packages or contact me if you are in financial need; willing to provide services on a sliding scale or for reduced fees.
Jenne Alderks, M.Ed., CD/PCD(DONA)
Business Name: Seattle Holistic Doula
I am DONA certified birth doula as well as a certified postpartum doula and trained childbirth educator. I attend births in area hospitals, birth centers and homes. I am also certified in CPR, first aid and neonatal resuscitation.
Doula Services Offered:
I provide birth doula services to families in the greater Seattle area and postpartum support to doula clients. Additionally, I offer in home childbirth education, Rebozo and Bengkung belly binding.
Doulas in Washington by city:
To see the full list of doulas in Washington by city, see some of our other posts: