The concept of the Emergency Doula, or Emergi-Doula service was born out of repeatedly hearing from parents after the birth of their child - " I wish I had a doula...". Many Hudson Valley parents plan for a birth within a system they aren't familiar with, and view doulas as something that is unnecessary or a luxury.

 

Parents go into their birthing time with the expectations that they will have assistance and help from their providers (OB/GYN, Midwife, or nurse) who may or may not have time to dedicate constant presence and support to a family throughout their entire birth.  Many times, couples find birth to be more complicated than planned, and/or little to no support is available to them for questions, comfort measures, and reassurance.  Don't worry - we're here for that too.  

If you haven't planned for doula services and have a last minute desire for help, we offer Emergency Doula coverage for you. We are available to attend a birth anywhere in the Mid-Hudson Valley, provided that we are available at the time of your birth and not with a contracted birthing client.

Emergi-Doula Service

The cost for Emergi-Doula service is as follows:  $300 for the first 4 hours of support. The time period covered under Emergi-Doula begins at the moment you call us to come assist you at your birth. After 4 hours we continue to provide support to you for the rate of $50 per hour which will cap out at the rate of $2500. Our doulas can meet you at your birthplace during active labor to best utilize time and minimize cost to you. This service does not cover phone support, text messaging and general questions prior to onset of labor which will be invoiced separately as Digital Doula Service should the need arise. For Birth Planning Consults, Digital Doula Service, or other alternative support please contact us to inquire.

 

Digital Doula Service

If you haven't planned for doula services, are living outside of our service area, or don't want an addition person physically there with you we offer Digital Doula services! We are available via phone, text, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Doxy.me, Skype, etc. To provide intermittent or continuous support for you during your birthing time.

 

The cost for Digital Doula service is as follows:  $350 for the first 8 hours of support. The time period covered under Digital Doula begins at the moment you call or text us to begin assisting you at your birth. Payment of the PayPal invoice for Digital Doula Services is required before services can commence. After 8 hours we continue to provide support to you for the rate of $50 per hour which will cap out at the rate of $2500. Our doulas have a varied background of experience which allows them to expertly offer you support and help your birth partner to find comfort measures, positioning suggestions, and affirmations that will help you to have a more positive experience. This service does not cover phone support, text messaging and general questions prior to onset of labor. For Birth Planning Consults, Pregnancy Support Groups, or other alternative support please contact us to inquire.

The Hudson River Doulas proudly serve the Hudson Valley by providing prenatal support, birth support, and postpartum support to parents growing their families through birth, surrogacy, and adoption within the following areas:  Orange County, Ulster County and Dutchess County at both Home Birth as well as hospital setting to include Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY, Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY , Kingston Hospital, and Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY.  We of course are not limited to these hospitals so please call us to see if we serve your hospital if it is not listed. We are an LGBTQ+ friendly and gender-affirming practice; please do not hesitate to tell us how we can best support your growing family.