We get it, things add up quickly and can get expensive when you are about to have a baby, there are so many new things, gadgets and services to choose from. If you are considering adding doula birth support services and professional birth photography to you list of wants, here are a few ways myself and Kat Miller / High Tide Birth Support put together to help you make it happen:
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO INVEST IN SERVICES THAT SUPPORT YOU?
We truly believe that you are giving yourself a gift when you invest in services that support you and your baby. Your baby will quickly outgrow the cute onesies and blankets you receive, but the support services you chose will have a lasting impact. Investing in yourself and the experience you want to have is always a good idea.
HIGH TIDE DOULA BIRTH SUPPORT
Hiring a birth support doula comes with many mental and physical health benefits, such as lower chance of c-sections and feeling a greater sense of support during your birth. Kat also offers fertility, postpartum, pregnancy + infant loss, and childbirth education support. You can read more about High Tide Birth Support here.
PROFESSIONAL BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY
Having professional photography of your birth story also comes with benefits, and can be an especially great gift to yourself, your partner and your baby. Birth photography is inclusive of all types of birth and is definitely a service to consider for yourself. When you hire a birth photographer, you get so much more than you think. Here are six surprising reasons to help you decide if you should hire a birth photographer.
FOUR TIPS TO HELP YOU AFFORD DOULA SUPPORT + BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY:
You can break your balance up into smaller payments throughout your pregnancy. For both myself and Kat, we require a deposit to secure your spot in our calendars. From there, we are both open to creating any sort of payment plan that suits you, with the complete balance due at 37 weeks. Kat also has a special sliding scale payment system to make her doula services as accessible as possible, please contact her directly for more information.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS GIFT REGISTRY
In my experience, sometimes family and friends don’t know what kind of gift to get a new parent. Most people often default to cute onesies and blankets. A great way to help them help you is to let them know that you want to book a birth doula and a photographer for yourself. Your friends and family can contribute any amount in gift cards toward your services.
SELL YOUR STUFF
Since you are likely already going through your things and getting your space ready for a new baby, consider selling some stuff that you no longer use. The extra cash can go toward your doula + birth photographer fund, plus you will have a nicely decluttered space for yourself.
We both agree that a service exchange is a great alternative to monetary payments. For example, I have done a photography for haircut exchange before. If you have any skills or services you can offer, there is no harm in asking if your birth photographer or doula is open to exchanges. Myself and Kat are more than open to exchanges of similar value, just ask!
Do you have any other ideas about ways to help you save for birth photography + doula services? Let us know in the comments below!
Jena Lee Photographs (Jena Mathews) and High Tide Birth Support (Kat Miller) are both birth support services based in Golden British-Columbia, and often work in the surrounding areas as well. If you have any questions about birth photography you can read my FAQ here. If you want to know more about birth support and doula services, Kat answers all of her birth support FAQ here for you. Please get in touch with any questions or for booking.