We wish you a very happy new year! (if you follow the calendar year). May 2018 be full of growth, nourishment, and meaningful accomplishments - those are our goals at Spectrum Doula Collective.
In keeping with that intention, in 2018 we are striving to better serve our community. This means making some changes and additions to our services. We will unveil these every month throughout the year.
This month we are addressing a topic that we are passionate about: accessible doula care. Our first pillar of A.I.D.E. is Affordability - we believe everyone should have access to the comfort and care of a doula. We understand that for some folks that is not financially possible and at the same time we firmly believe that doulas must earn a living wage. In order to address both of these we are making a couple of changes to our birth doula packages:
1) Birth Doula Packages now start at $1200
We decided to drop our prices this year in order to make doula care more accessible to everyone in our spectrum. While $100 may not always seem like a lot of money, for some people it may make the difference between having a doula or not.
2) Ten percent goes towards pro-bono doula care
As doulas, we can work with several organisations in Toronto that match birth and postpartum doulas with folks in need to support that can not afford to pay any fees. This includes newly arrived immigrants, refugees, single parents, and low-income folks. This is pro-bono (free) work and many doulas, including ourselves, are passionate about it.
At Spectrum Doula Collective we are adamant about doulas earning a living wage and, at the same time, we want to encourage pro-bono work. Starting in 2018, 10% of the collective share from every birth doula package will be allocated to support a doula in our collective (or partners) doing pro-bono work. This 10% will go towards covering costs such as transportation, parking, gas, childcare, food, etc. for the doula.
3) Support for pro bono work
We recognise that we all have different means and we want to offer additional ways to support doulas doing pro-bono work. When purchasing a birth doula package, if you would like to pay a higher rate than our services for any birth doula package, any amount over our costs will be allocated to support a doula in our collective (or partners) doing pro-bono work.
These are our first steps to make a meaningful impact in our community - stay tunes for the rest, coming through 2018!
The Spectrum Team