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    Default The $12,000 doula! How much did yours cost?

    This is the most expensive doula service I have ever heard of! What did you pay for your doula?

    http://m.nypost.com/p/entertainment/...udNtMuY5b6Sb4N

    Manhattan’s rock star doula
    By JANE RIDLEY
    Last Updated: 11:11 AM, October 24, 2012

    Childbirth expert Latham Thomas helped her client into the hospital elevator — and held the doors as the husband dragged in three huge pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage and a vanity case.

    “It was like we were headed to the airport,” laughs Thomas, recalling the recent visit to St. Luke’s Roosevelt in Midtown. “[The mom] may as well have been packing for Paris fashion week.”

    Scenes like these are par for the course when you’re Manhattan’s “rock star doula” (doula is an ancient Greek word for a childbirth attendant who assists mothers during labor). Thomas is in such demand from A-listers, it’s best to book her services as soon as you get pregnant — preferably a few months before.

    “This woman is an angel,” says fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff, who hired her as a prenatal yoga instructor and doula ahead of her son’s birth last year. “She empowers you so that you are free to focus on welcoming your baby into the world.”
    Other high-profile clients include Stacey Bendet Eisner, founder of fashion line Alice + Olivia, and Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes. “I gave Doutzen nutritional advice throughout her pregnancy,” says Thomas of the Dutch model who had her son, Phyllon, in January 2011. “She did not put on much weight at all and it came off very easily after the delivery.”

    At the moment, Thomas is awaiting a call from actress Tamera Mowry, star of the Style Network’s reality series “Tia & Tamera,” who is set to give birth to her first child any day, and for which she will likely be filmed for the show.

    “I take a very holistic approach from the very beginning of the pregnancy, which focuses on diet, nutrition, exercise and the mother’s mindset,” says Thomas, 32, who charges up to $12,000 for her top-drawer maternity lifestyle packages through her Harlem-based company “Mama Glow.” These include consultations before and after the birth, doula services during labor, nutrition advice (in some cases, vegan meal deliveries), yoga and workout programs, and coordination with fertility experts and alternative medicine specialists.

    “The goal is for [the women] to experience a healthy, balanced and fabulous pregnancy,” adds Thomas. “It can be very sexy and empowering if you embrace the changes to your body.”

    To this end, she advocates eating plant-based foods, practicing yoga and meditation, and factoring in plenty of “me time,” as described in her first book “Mama Glow” out Nov. 6. (Thomas will also speak at the I Can Do It Ignite! conference at the Jacob Javits Center on Nov. 3 and 4.)
    “A lot of women — especially the A-types who live and work in Manhattan — have issues with slowing things down. No matter how wealthy and successful you are, you still want your hand to be held.”

    Thomas, a graduate of Columbia University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, specialized in maternal health and well-being after the birth of her son, Fulano, now 9. “I felt there was this polarity in Manhattan where you had the hippie natural birth [movement] on one side and [doctors] who were into ultra-medical, hospitalized birth on the other. I thought: ‘How come there is no interaction?’ I wanted to bring those two sides together.”
    Thomas also treats women who have problems conceiving. One banker’s wife from TriBeCa in her late 30s had been trying for a second child for more than two years.

    “Everything she did was planned and rigid,” recalls Thomas. “She was thinking about all kinds of stressful things when she had sex.
    “I got her enrolled in S Factor [an upscale pole-dancing program] so she felt more sensuous and she took maca, an Indian Peruvian tuber which has ‘antigenic’ properties, to level out hormone imbalances, in a shake.

    “One day, she showed up [at her husband’s office] in a trench coat with gorgeous lingerie underneath.”
    Within weeks, the well-connected Wall Street wife had another bun in the oven. Her friends demanded to know what had worked — and Thomas’ number made it into a whole other set of little black books.
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    It sounds like she goes well above and beyond what a regular Doula does though and I guess that's all part of her *package* that she uses to sell herself to these uber rich clients. I still think it's insane that so much money can be exchanged though. Plus, these type of people are used to paying to outsource most aspects of their lives so I imagine that hiring someone to do all that for you during your pregnancy would be very attractive.

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    Default The $12,000 doula! How much did yours cost?

    She is more than just a Doula.

    It doesn't surprise me that celebrities would be willing to pay that much either. They'd probably spend that much on a mere shopping trip!

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    I read a funny comment on someone else's page about this: "I'm not sure living in New York and dealing with divas is worth getting paid $12000." ROFL!
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    well, I guess it is only about $2500 more than some OBs charge here in Melbourne! But she does home delivery food and I would guess spend more time and one on one care

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    Yeah she clearly goes above and beyond. I think on average a doula here costs around $800, from what I have seen in the US they seem to charge less, but I am not up to date on that. Huge difference still! I remember a discussion with Rhea Dempsey (who has been a birth attendant for 30 years) and our very own birth guru in Aus, she said she could never justify charging more than an IM.
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    Sorry, can't get past all the "A-listers" that I have never even heard of!

    If people are willing to pay it, she must be worth it - or at least they think it is a fair price to be able to drop her name and say they used her.

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    Default The $12,000 doula! How much did yours cost?

    She goes above and beyond. I think it's a crazy amount, but hey, if you've got that sort of money...

    We paid $800 for our doula for DD...worth every cent. She works on a sliding scale, I think her full rate is $1400? She is a doula, midwife, mother of 5 and MCHN though, and she's BF all 5 kids. Totally invaluable IMO. This time she's doing it as a friend, we became close during DD's pregnancy and birth, no charge! I love our doula

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    yeah, TBH i would much prefer my IM and to be at home than spend $12k on a doula and still birth in a hospital IYKWIM.

    My feeling is that she has hit the jackpot in terms of finding a niche market, where money is not an issue and where birth just costs LOADS of money. For example, my NT scan in LA at a midwifery centre cost almost $1000. just for the scan.

    Lime: bahahaha, you and me babe, i have NO IDEA who any of those people mentioned were lol.

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    At one point I'd have been willing to pay that for a pro-vegan doula.

    But I've found someone amazing who isn't charging a thing, we're as excited as each other to be doing it, she's vegan, AND she's a photographer. Amaze balls.

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    Audax: ok, you have your baby first and then send her down my way 'kay? lol.

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    Wow! Mine was $750


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