That was the question of the day for our Labor Day Giveaway. The options were:
A) first trimester
B) second trimester
C) third trimester
While the answer could be any time, because there is really no wrong time to hire a doula, the actual best time is in the first trimester. (The most common time people start looking for a doula is during the latter part of second trimester or early third trimester)
Hiring a doula during your first trimester (weeks 1-12) gives you several advantages. Here are three of them:
1. You get access to a trusted professional for a longer period of time. From the moment you put down your deposit at Summer Birth Services, your doula is available to you. This means you can ask questions and get support long before labor begins! Not sure which hospital to give birth at or whether you want an epidural? Talk to your doula! Trying to decide on which prenatal tests you want or looking into a waterbirth? Email your doula! We are here to help you wade through the sea of pregnancy information, so that you can be fully informed and make the best decisions for your family…judgment free.
2. Secure your spot on the calendar. Because doulas provide continuous support to clients throughout active labor/birth (which can last many hours or even days), we can only take on a certain number of clients per month. Booking earlier rather than later means that your chosen doula likely still has openings.
3. Spread the cost over months instead of weeks. Doula services can be one of the bigger ticket items associated with having a baby. We accept payment plans and expect to have payment in full by 36 weeks. Seeking a doula in the first trimester gives you many months to spread out the cost.
Earlier may be better, but if you’re currently 39 1/2 weeks pregnant (or even in labor!) and have decided a doula is right for you, have no fear and call us anyway! It’s never too late to hire a doula!