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Best Doulas in Jacksonville

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Jacksonville Doulas on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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2248 Fallen Tree Drive West, Jacksonville, FL 32246

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5.0 (6)

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Birthing with Jane offers unique birthing education and support in all stages of the mother's pregnancy including birth and postpartum. Jane Szerba is a certified doula and childbirth hypnosis instructor. Her services cover birth support encompassing home deliveries, natural births in hospitals or birth centers, medicated or unmedicated, vaginal births after cesarean, and planned or unplanned cesarean. The hypnobabies classes she holds include group, home study, and private childbirth courses. She services Jacksonville and the greater northeast Florida areas.

841 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207

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Rooted Northeast Florida is a perinatal support service provider serving clients in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas. It provides a wide range of services that include labor and delivery preparation, birth attendance, postpartum rehabilitation, and yoga. Owner Sara Bonderud is an occupational therapist and DTI-trained professional birth coach who offers a holistic and evidence-based medical approach to birth and postpartum care. She specializes in VBAC, cesarean/belly birth, overnight care, new parent education, and breastfeeding support.

104 Redfish Road, Palatka, FL 32177

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Doulas of Jacksonville is a doula agency that has been serving families in the local metro and surrounding areas since 2016. It houses a team of trained and certified professional doulas that offers childbirth education classes tackling evidence-based information, comfort measures, and birthing options. During birth, Doulas of Jacksonville provides relaxation techniques, immediate breastfeeding assistance, and phone support for up to six weeks. The agency also has a maternity and newborn photographer who can be booked to capture the early moments of parents and their children.

8130 Baymeadows Way West, Jacksonville, FL 32256

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Mama Veda is a doula service provider that caters to the Jacksonville metro. Courtney, who is a childbirth educator, lactation consultant, and birth coach, founded Mama Veda to assist mothers in giving birth through yoga and meditation exercises. She offers birth classes and a wide range of services ranging from prenatal care to postpartum visits. Courtney strives to help each mother in welcoming parenthood with wellness and mental readiness. She is also available for on-call labor support.

228 Bell Branch Lane, Jacksonville, FL 32259

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Mumda LLC provides doula services and birth packages to families in and around the Jacksonville area. Its doulas consult with mothers and their families regarding postpartum resources, birth plans, and lactation. The business also rents out birth and labor tubs for water births, in addition to hydrotherapy classes and birthing workshops. Mumda was founded in 2010 and its staff has a wide array of backgrounds and certifications, including nursing, midwifery, neonatal rescusitation, and birth assistance.

94117 Fiddlers Walk Ln, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

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A Hand to Hold Doula Services caters to clients in the Jacksonville area. It provides physical and emotional support to expectant mothers, along with help in the first six weeks after giving birth. The company also offers HypnoBirthing, which uses self-hypnosis techniques to manage labor pain. Founder Rebecca McKinney is a DONA-Certified Birth Doula with extensive experience in helping other mothers through pregnancy and childbirth. She is also a certified lactation counselor who gives advice on proper breastfeeding.

FAQs

  • Introduction

    A doula is an excellent choice for individuals looking for extended support when dealing with pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions. Unlike a doctor, a doula will be more regularly available for their patient.

    However, to be clear, a doula is not a midwife and doesn't provide medical care. People typically choose to work with a doula while still regularly checking in with a doctor or midwife. A doula is an investment in additional emotional support for the mother, the baby, and any other close family members who need it.
  • What is a doula?

    A doula is a trained professional who gives informational, emotional, and physical support to a mother (and potentially others) going through pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage, induced abortion, stillbirth, birth complications, and more. While most doulas work with clients for reproductive health conditions, some doulas also help with other life experiences, such as hospice or terminal illness.

  • How to become a doula?

    You don’t need a certificate to be a doula, although this can help your career by verifying legitimacy. Regardless of a certificate, you do need to complete training through a qualified doula training program. The program usually takes between three and five days. After training, most programs require you to attend a few births with paperwork to prove your attendance.

  • How much do doulas make?

    The annual salaries of doulas in the United States range from $28,000 in smaller towns to $96,000 in major cities. A doula’s salary can depend on their experience, where they work, and how much work they take on. Most doulas handle an average of four births per year.

  • How much does a doula cost?

    The national average hourly rate for doulas is $45. Additionally, doulas charge a “flat fee” per birth that can range from $600 in small cities and towns to $2,000 in larger metropolitan areas. As a doula gains more experience, they typically raise their rates to reflect their expertise.

  • What is a death doula?

    A death doula assists with the dying process. Death doulas empower, educate, and encourage clients and their loved ones to make decisions and reach acceptance about an upcoming death.

    People who may benefit from working with a death doula include:
    • Individuals with a terminal illness
    • People nearing the end of their lives
    • Those with a loved one about to pass
  • Are doulas covered by insurance?

    Most insurance providers don't cover doulas. However, some states offer coverage for birth doulas under Medicaid programs. To check if you have coverage, contact your insurance provider directly. It's also essential to ask for more details, such as if you get partial or full coverage, if there's a maximum, and if you have to work with a certified doula.