• Frequently Asked Questions

    How can I find a local birth doula?PALS Doulas

    Birth doulas provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the laboring woman before, during, and just after childbirth. Birth doulas can assist women giving birth in hospitals, birth centers and at home.

    For more information about birth/labor doulas in the Greater Seattle area, contact PALS Doulas at (206) 325-1419 (referral line) or (206) 329-7257 (business office) or visit their website at www.palsdoulas.org

    Why should I choose a Certified NAPS Doula?

    Answer:  Certified NAPS Doulas are professionally trained in postpartum care and have current, clean police background checks.  Additionally, NAPS certification requires maintained CPR certification, current liability insurance, and continuing education.  When you request NAPS referrals, we will send you the names of three doulas who have indicated they are available for the dates, times, and neighborhood you need.  Using a search engine to find these specifics can be very time consuming and frustrating.

    Is there a fee for doula referrals?

    Answer: No, this is a service offered at no cost by NAPS Doulas to help connect local parents with certified postpartum doulas.  NAPS Doulas is not a nanny agency and does not profit from any referral given to parents.

    What are typical postpartum doula rates?

    Answer: Most postpartum doulas are self-employed and set their own rates. The majority of certified doulas in the Seattle area are in the $30 – $40 per hour range. We encourage you to contact doulas personally for rate inquiries.

    I need help and support with my newborn, but I cannot afford a postpartum doula.  Do you have any options for me?

    Answer: We understand that not every family can afford the postpartum support they need. We are in the process of creating a postpartum doula program with Open Arms Perinatal Services to help meet the needs of our community members who are unable to afford certified doula rates. In the meantime, please review our Rates and Referrals page to find out if you qualify for low cost doula care now.