Frequently Asked Questions

baby with his daddyIs a “Postpartum Doula” the same as a “baby nurse”?

A baby nurse predominantly focuses on the care of the newborn. A postpartum doula’s focus is on supporting the parent/s to best make the transition into parenthood. The doula teaches and encourages the parent/s in caring for a newborn, but does not take over the care. A doula’s role is much broader in the kinds of help she provides.

a MotherCare doula works with a Boston mother and her new babyWhen should I make arrangements to have a doula?

It is a good idea to contract with MotherCare Services well ahead of your scheduled due date. Calling at least four weeks ahead allows time for assessing your projected needs and interests and confirming the availability of a doula.

baby with TeddyHow do you determine my needs and which doula to send?

We spend time in conversation getting to know you, your needs, your preferences, and family details in addition to reviewing your completed questionnaire. MotherCare Services uses this information, our decades of experience, and our doula expertise to make the best match for you and your family.

Will I meet the doula ahead of time?

Your doula comes out to your house to meet with you before the birth. This is a time to get to know each other, review your goals and expectations, and determine how your doula can best assist you. There is no fee for this time.

a sleeping newbornWhat if I don’t like the doula?

Our most important responsibility is to provide you with a compatible doula and to work with you to make this a successful experience fostering confidence, comfort, joy and success.


Do you provide references?

We would be glad to provide you with references and any information that would be helpful in making a choice that is right for you.

What are your fees?

Our rates are $38.00/hour with a 4 hour minimum per day, and a minimum of 20 hours.

What if I have more questions?

All of us at MotherCare are available to answer any of your questions or concerns.

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