So why should you pay me?
I get this question a lot even though it’s almost never that direct.
It’s not exactly a surprising question in a field that is often undervalued and underpaid, especially when someone just around the corner is saying they’ll do the same thing for cheap, on a sliding scale, or even for free.
Let’s talk about it.
We KNOW there’s going to be a difference when someone quotes you $200 for a tattoo and then you turn around and someone else says they’ll do it for $20. We KNOW there’s going to be a difference in the pictures you get when you pay someone $50 to take pictures and when you pay a photographer $500.
Who are you going to go with?
We’ve seen it before and we all know someone who’s gotten burned in the past.
So why would you think it would be any different when you throw in the unpredictable nature of pregnancy and birth?
These prices, like mine, reflect the cost it takes to do business legitimately, and ultimately reflect their level of commitment to you.
These prices reflect things like: business licenses, tax payments, insurance, professional training, quality supplies, appropriate childcare, bills, and car maintenance; and all of these thing reflect how a business can truly serve you.
-We operate legally and with the protection of insurance so we can always continue to serve our clients. You do not have to worry about us being thrown in prison and missing your birth because we haven’t paid any taxes in four years.
-We take these professional trainings and use these quality supplies because we believe our clients deserve expert level care.
-We make sure our bills are paid, we have on call childcare, and our car is running so we have the ability to be at your side at the drop of a hat.
Adequate payment also impacts the dynamics of the relationship at play. When you pay us, we are there to serve you in the capacity you need us, exactly as promised. It’s a professional relationship and we’ll treat it like one. When you have a free or low cost doula they are there doing you a favor. They are not under the same obligations that we are and the relationship is not a professional one.
In the end, you don’t get quality, professional services for an amateur price, you just get an amateur.
Here at Elevate Michiana Doula Services we offer professional, compassionate and unbiased doula services and more.
Contact us here.
Read more about how free doulas are really a human rights issue at the GreensboroDoula here.