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Best Doulas in Tampa, FL

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Tampa 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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Tampa, FL

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Yelp
5.0 (6)

Why choose this provider?

Dee Pullen, Doula is a Tampa doula who has attended more than 400 births and serves West Central Florida. Doula services include two or three prenatal visits and two postpartum visits, phone support 24 hours a day throughout pregnancy, loan of a birth ball at the 36 week mark, support throughout labor and help right after birth, labor notes, and lactation counseling. Dee is a Certified Lactation Counselor and she is a member of the Tampa Bay Birth Network, the founder and president of the Tampa Bay Doula Association, and the founder and facilitator of the Breastfeeding Support Group at Totally Chiropractic. She has over 20 years of experience. Dee also offers private and group HypnoBirthing classes and water birth tub rental.

Palm Harbor, FL

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Google
4.9 (88)
Yelp
5.0 (32)

Why choose this provider?

Buddha Belly is a Palm Harbor business that serves St. Petersburg, Largo, Valrico, Tarpon Springs, Carrollwood, Ybor City, Riverview, Dunedin, Tampa, Brandon, Wesley Chapel, Seminole, Land O Lakes, Gulfport, Port Richey, and other areas in Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco counties. Services include birth classes, HypnoBirthing classes, belly casting, photography, pregnancy planning, placenta services, breastfeeding counseling, and birth and postpartum doula services. Founder and co-owner Christie Collbran has more than six years of experience and is the president of the Tampa Bay Birth Network. Her certifications are as a doula, lactation counselor, and childbirth educator. Co-owner Amy Lewis is a birth and postpartum doula as well as a postpartum placenta specialist trained by ProDoula. She also has bereavement doula training. Clients remark on their support, compassion, professionalism, and knowledge.

Tampa, FL 33605

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4.8 (103)
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5.0 (59)
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4.5 (13)

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Barefoot Birth is a Tampa business that serves the Tampa Bay Area. The business’ services include placenta encapsulation, maternity and newborn photography, massage therapy, holistic childbirth education, and home birth midwifery services. Barefoot Birth attends home births in Hernando, Pasco, Citrus, Hillsborough, and Pinellas Counties. Home birth midwifery includes lab work, prenatal care, rental of a water birth tub, lending library access, support during labor, birth, and right after birth, support with breastfeeding, and three visits postpartum. Barefoot Birth offers a free initial consultation and gift certificates are available. Other services include help at retail locations with products and services, early breastfeeding assistance, and support with childbirth classes on location. Founder Charlie Young has appeared in and written for the Tampa Tribune, Radical Doula Blog, The Tampa Bay Times, SQUAT Birth Journal, and FOCUS Magazine. Barefoot Birth is a Tampa Bay BirthNetwork Community Partner. Clients remark on their support, diligence, encouragement, and honesty.

Brandon, FL 33511

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5.0 (1)

Why choose this provider?

Sweet Child O’ Mine is a Brandon birth center that serves the Tampa Bay Area. The center’s services include access to a lending library, free pregnancy tests, ultrasound, lab work, pre-pregnancy counseling, prenatal care, midwife care, doula services, breastfeeding assistance, water birth, home birth, vaginal birth after a cesarean section, and postpartum care. Sweet Child O’ Mine also offers childbirth classes, diapering and baby wearing classes, baby products, and supplements and vitamins. The birth center is 3,400 square feet and has two private birth suites. Some of the features in the suites include a water birth tub, a TV, a DVD player, wireless speakers, a coffee maker, aromatherapy diffusers, heating pad, a mini kitchen, and a full or queen size bed. Sweet Child O’ Mine offers a free consultation. Clients remark on their passion, knowledge, patience, support, and attentiveness.

Tampa Bay, FL

Why choose this provider?

Birth Sister Childbirth Services is a Tampa Bay business that provides childbirth education and doula services. Doula services include two prenatal visits and a postpartum visit, email and phone support during the pregnancy, access to a lending library, support during labor, birth, and postpartum, and help with breastfeeding. Emily A. Bronson has over five years of experience and she is a Certified Birth Doula, a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a Certified Childbirth Educator. Jessica Willoughby is a Florida School of Traditional Midwifery graduate. Clients appreciate their calm manner, knowledge, and support.

Compare our Top Doulas

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Dee Pullen, Doula
Tampa, FL
Buddha Belly
Palm Harbor, FL
Barefoot Birth
Tampa, FL 33605
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Brandon, FL 33511
Birth Sister Childbirth Services
Tampa Bay, FL

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.