A Birth and/or Postpartum Doula is a wonderful investment for this incredible time in your life. Don’t let the opportunity pass. Here are a couple of way you can save up for a Birth or Postpartum Doula!
- Start putting money aside the moment you find out you are pregnant.
If you know before you are even pregnant that you are interested in a Birth or Postpartum Doula, then take advantage of the time you have to start putting money into your Doula fund! Deciding later in the pregnancy? No problem at all! Just start putting a certain amount aside each week.
- Cut out guilty pleasures – coffee, eating out, getting take out, cable, unhealthy snacks.
We all have those guilty pleasures in life that we don’t really need. For a few months, take a break from them. Cut out café coffee and make it at home. Stop eating out or getting take out and start meal prepping and menu planning at home. Cut cable all together or drop down to programs such as Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon. Stop buying the processed snacks and start eating fresh fruits and veggies (that’s a win-win right there!).
- Ask if your Doula offers payment plans.
When interviewing Doulas, ask if they offer payment plans or would be willing to do one. Some may even barter with you.
- Get creative and sell!
Start cleaning out your closet, garage, shed, basement, and attic. Have a yard sale, sell on local Facebook groups, and/or consign your items. Easy way to clean out the clutter and make money for your Doula fund!
- Skip some baby gear and gadgets.
There are tons and tons of baby gear and gadgets out there. While they all seem wonderful and would make your life “easier”, you really don’t need them. Sterilizer- opt for boiling water in a pot on the stove. Baby swings and bouncers- babywear instead. Ask friends and even ask parents on Facebook what they found they absolutely needed and what they found to be a waste of money. Take the money you would have spent on those items and put it in your Doula fund.
- Ask for help from family and friends.
This may be one of the easier ways to save for a Doula. Put it on your baby registry. Ask for gift certificates to your Doula. Put a collection up at your baby shower.