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Best Doulas in Cincinnati, OH

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Lebanon, OH 45036 Rating

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5.0 (41)
5.0 (33)

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Stork Helpers brings personalized doula care and support to families across Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky. It offers birth doula support, placenta encapsulation, and childbirth education 24/7/365. It works to simplify the process to ensure expectant mothers feel supported and are aware of all their options throughout their pregnancy journey. Stork Helpers was founded on the belief that childbirth support does not have to be expensive and that every family is deserving of it. Its staff has experience with various types of delivery and has been part of over 150 home and hospital births as doulas.

Cincinnati, OH Rating

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4.0 (9)

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Doulas of Cincinnati offers compassionate and unbiased care to women and growing families. Founders Emily Johnson and Katie Brenner has over a decade of combined experience and have served hundreds of families throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. They offer private and group childbirth education, labor and postpartum doula support, belly binding, placenta encapsulation, lactation support, and birth and newborn photography. They specialize in supporting a family's chosen birth plan and parenting philosophies, unmedicated and natural birthing options, epidural and cesarean births, VBAC, waterbirths, attachment parenting, breastfeeding and bottle feeding support, and babywearing. They also offer informative classes and bootcamps, lamaze classes, hypnobirth, and more. Emily and Katie have been certified by ProDoula in the areas of childbirth education, labor and postpartum doula services, and placenta encapsulation.

5011 Kenwood Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227 Rating

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5.0 (3)

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Gentle Seed Doulas has served more than 2,000 families in and around Cincinnati, providing comprehensive support and education during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Its team of doulas brings over a decade of combined experience to support clients throughout their birth journeys, including vaginal labor, cesarean deliveries, and VBACs in the hospital, homes, and birthing centers. They are certified in birth and postpartum doula support and stay up-to-date with the latest evidence-based practices and techniques, like Spinning Babies, Rebozo, and NPR certification.

3443 Edwards Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208

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Nurture provides doula support to mothers in Cincinnati. Its doula approach is intended to assist individuals preparing for an epidural or unmedicated birth, whether in a hospital or at home. It uses techniques to reduce labor pain and increase endorphin production in mothers. The team also includes weekly online classes and email communication as part of the package. Owner and founder Erica Paulson has served as a childbirth educator and birth doula for more than 1,000 families since 2006.

Compare our Top Doulas

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Stork Helpers
Lebanon, OH 45036
Doulas of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
Gentle Seed Doulas
5011 Kenwood Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227
3443 Edwards Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208


  • 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.