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Best Doulas in St. Louis

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored St. Louis 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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Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63139

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5.0 (2)

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Ashley Filippi LLC offers doula services to clients in St. Louis. Using her Ayurvedic, yoga, and personal training, Filippi provides holistic care for supporting women from their pregnancy to their new lifes as mothers. Her services include educating moms about prenatal and postnatal cooking with herbs and foods that nourish women's minds and bodies. She also provides Abhyanga treatment with Ashwagandha or Bala oil to cover the entire body for replenishing strength and energy. Postnatal snacks and herbal teas are also available.

3655 Bellerive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63116

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5.0 (1)

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The Labor of Love Doula Care guides parents near St. Louis from pregnancy to early infancy. Kitty Curtin is a birth doula and a former RN with two decades of experience in different medical areas, including NICU and postpartum. Her knowledge in nursing helps her in assisting women during pregnancy and birth, especially those who are going through pregnancy for the first time or having special health concerns. She counsels the birthing person regarding birth options and their partner's participation.

12401 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur, MO 63141

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Purple Lotus Doulas in St. Louis provides education, support, and training services throughout the different stages of pregnancy and birth. It offers physical and emotional support for individuals and families of diverse backgrounds. Its birth doula services include in-home support and presence during childbirth. Its postpartum doula services offer assistance in newborn feeding and provide information on normal newborn behavior. The business also offers birth photography, as well as raw encapsulation, and placenta encapsulation using the traditional Chinese method.

40 N Florissant Rd, Ferguson, MO 63135

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4.7 (14)

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Jamaa Birth Village is a maternal health organization that provides doula care. Its team of childbirth professionals provides doula care as part of the company's midwifery care program. This program covers prenatal and postpartum care that includes 45-60 minute visits with midwives, childbirth and nutrition classes, chiropractic care, and newborn feeding support with a lactation specialist. The midwifery care service also includes access to Jamaa Birth Village's organic community garden. The organization has assisted over 500 mothers since 2015.

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.