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doula- tipping?

After interviewing 5 doulas, my DH and I made our decision.  YAY! 

Question- one of the doulas we interviewed mentioned that she accepts tips.  Is it common to tip your doula?  If so, money or a gift?  And how much is appropriate?

 Thanks!

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Re: doula- tipping?

  • hmmm, I have never heard of this. 

    We had midwives, and after the birth we brought them a potted orchid to say thank you. Its also a good idea if you are allowed to have food, make sure you bring enough snacks, etc for your doula too. That's all I really know about it. The monetary tip seems strange to me tho.  

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  • I agree with Leanne, that seems odd. I think it's really strange that she mentioned it in the interview, almost like she was asking for one. We didn't tip our doula, never even occurred to me!
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  • I tipped mine about 20% because I thought she was so great.
  • I've never heard of this before, either.  It especially seems weird because the way that the doula spoke, it almost sounds as if she's asking for or expecting a tip.

    I did take along treats for my doula/midwife/nurses to the hospital, though.

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  • The general rule just like with weddings...if someone owns their own business than you don't need to tip them. I agree with the others...she sounds weird taking about tips on the interview.  
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  • We thought it was kind of odd too.  We did not end up choosing that doula, mainly because we just didn't click with her. 

    Thanks for the feedback ladies, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something.

     And thanks for all of the snack suggestions, good idea!

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    We thought it was kind of odd too.  We did not end up choosing that doula, mainly because we just didn't click with her. 

    Thanks for the feedback ladies, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something.

     And thanks for all of the snack suggestions, good idea!

    Who did you end up hiring, may I ask?

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