My sliding scale was adapted from the work of Sylvia Duckworth (Wheel of Power/Privilege), The Kindred Feminine and Worts and Cunningham.

My Sliding Scale

My work as a birth companion is rooted in seeking reproductive justice for all, and this includes economic justice and addressing economic disparities that exist in our culture when people seek reproductive care. I believe that access to my companioning support should not be based upon income and privilege alone, therefore, I offer fixed price access points based upon individual financial experience. A sliding scale is my moral and ethical obligation to recognize the differences in wealth, income, costs and privilege that exist when people access reproductive care, and to address economic disparities.

The fees I set consider my own financial privilege, whilst also enabling me to be paid fairly for my time and to pay the educators that I collaborate with, to provide you with quality prenatal education. My fees also cover expenses associated with being able to provide no-cost support to families experiencing a pregnancy loss or death of their baby.

Offering my services in this way to you, requires honesty and trust, so as to ensure that those who have the means to pay the full price do, and those that do not have the means, continue to have access to my support. I will not ask you to prove your financial situation, so please do not worry, and instead, I trust that you will pay honestly in accordance with your unique needs and what feels right for you.

If you are unable to pay for my support at the lowest price or you require support that is covered by Medicaid, please contact me and I will signpost you to birth doulas/companions in your community, who accept Medicaid or are able to work at no cost. There is always room for price negotiation within each price point based on the individual level of companioning support and education that you need.

My Birth Companioning Fees

** I am able to offer one middle or lowest price birth per month – please contact me to discuss availability **

My fee includes childbirth education and Spinning Babies Parent Education classes with 2 educators that I collaborate with – should you not wish to undertake these (although they are highly recomended as part of your optimal birth preparation), the costs will be deducted. Please reach out to me to discuss your needs.

Top (full) Price – $1,550 with a non-refundable retainer fee of $250.

This price point is the actual, full cost for my services and the services provided by the educators that I collaborate with. If you choose a price point below this, you are receving a discount. Full price should be paid if you sit within multiple layers of financial privilege, including you:

  • Have a high degree of earning power due to citizenship, level of education, gender privilege, racial privilege, class background, are able bodied or speak English as your primary language
  • Are able to comfortably meet all of your basic needs
  • Have expendable income
  • Have savings, investments, retirement accounts or inherited money
  • Are able to access healthcare and pay medical expenses with private insurance
  • Own a home or rent a high end home
  • Own one or multiple cars
  • Are currently not working or exercising your earning power, through choice
  • Have secure employment, work part time by choice, or do not need to work to meet your needs
  • Are always able to buy new items
  • Can afford to take time off or a vacation or travel recreationally

Middle Price – $1150 with a non-refundable retainer fee of $150.

This price point is a discounted price for my services, whilst paying the educators that I collaborate with, their full fee. The middle price point is for those who are able to meet their basic needs but have little expendable income and paying for my support may qualify as a sacrifice, but it would not create hardship. Middle price should be paid if you:

  • Have a lower degree of earning power due to citizenship, facing racism, gender based discrimination, disability discrimation, language barriers or physical/mental health
  • Might have access to savings, investments or other monies
  • Are currently paying off medical bills or other debts
  • Rent a home
  • Have some expendable income
  • Are able to buy some new items or rely on thrifting for others
  • Have access to a car
  • Are able to take a vacation annually with some financial burden

Lowest Price – $850 with a non-refundable retainer fee of $75.

This price point is a significantly discounted price for my services, whilst paying the educators that I collaborate with, their full fee. The lowest price point is for those who struggle to meet basic needs and paying for my support would be a significant hardship. Lowest price should be paid if you:

  • Face significantly lower earning power due to racism, citizenship, educational level, gender based discrimination, disability discrimation, language barriers or mental/physical health
  • Have been denied work and are currently unable to secure employment
  • Have difficulty paying rent on a home
  • Do not have access to a car and face limited access to transportation
  • Rely on Medicaid for healthcare
  • Have debts and medical bills that are a financial burden to pay
  • You can barely buy new items because you are unable to afford them
  • Cannot afford a vacation or to take time off from employment without significant financial burden.

My Miscarriage, Stillbirth, TFMR and Abortion Companioning Fees

My companioning support is provided at no cost, however donations are always greatly appreciated to enable me to continue to serve bereaved families, to cover my expenses and to replenish supplies. If you would like to make a donation as a gift of thanks for the bereavement companioning support I have offered you, or if you have not received my services but would like to support my ongoing work, please click below to donate.

My NICU Companioning Fees

My companioning support in the NICU is based on an hourly rate. In alignment with my sliding scale, I offer 3 hourly rates:

Full price rate – $20 per hour

Middle price rate – $15 per hour

Lowest price rate – $10 per hour.

If you face signficant financial burden and cannot access my support at the lowest price rate, please reach out to me to talk about your needs and to find a way forward.