Providing access to a better birth

A sliding scale is a tool for building economic justice, and it requires your active participation. For a sliding scale to work, it relies on the principles of truthfulness, respect for complexity, and accountability. I do not ask for income verification because I trust my clients to be honest. Please be mindful that if you pay for my service at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility and truly need access to this service and vital resources.

Annual Household Income

Birth Doula

Virtual Doula

Postpartum

Reiki

$30,000 & Below

$900

$700

$20/hr

$50

$31,000 – $55,000

$1200

$1000

$30/hr

$50

$56,000 – $80,000

$1500

$1300

$35/hr

$60

$81,000 – $100,000

$1800

$1600

$40/hr

$60

Above 100,000

$2100

$1900

$50/hr

$70

**Prices may increase When booking appointments that fall on major holidays**

 

Here are the general guidelines about how I currently price my sliding scale and to help you determine where you fall on it:

The highest dollar cost reflects the true cost of the service. It is the cost that I would charge all clients in the absence of a sliding scale. If you have access to financial security, own property or have personal savings, you would not traditionally qualify for sliding scale services. If you are able to pay for “wants” and spend little time worried about securing necessities in your life, you have economic privilege and power in our community. This price is for you.

The middle cost reflects my acknowledgement that paying the full cost would prevent some folks from being able to sign onto my services, but who do not honestly find themselves reflected in either descriptions for the highest cost or the lowest. If you are struggling to conquer debt or build savings or move away from paycheck to paycheck living but have access to steady income and are not spending most of your time thinking about meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, child care, etc., you belong here. If you, however, can ask others for financial support, such as family members, partners, or friends, please consider using those personal resources before you use the resources of the sliding scale and thus limiting opportunities for others.

The bottom cost represents an honest acknowledgment that there are folks whose economic circumstances would prevent them from receiving these services if there was not a deliberate opportunity made for them to access services at a cost that is reflective of their economic realities. If you struggle to maintain access to needs such as health care, housing, food, child care, and are living paycheck to paycheck or are in significant debt, you probably belong here and you deserve a community that honors your price as equal an economic offering as the person who can pay the highest tier.

Consider paying less on the scale if you:

  • are supporting children or have other dependents

  • have significant debt

  • have medical expenses not covered by insurance

  • are eligible for public assistance

  • have immigration-related expenses

  • are an unpaid community organizer

  • are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history

 

Consider paying more on the scale if you:

  • own the home you live in

  • have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money

  • travel for recreation

  • have access to family money and resources in times of need

  • work part time or are unemployed by choice, including unemployment due to full-time school in a degree-earning program

  • have a relatively high degree of earning power (due to level of education,  gender privilege, racial privilege, class background). Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, I ask you to recognize this as a choice.

 

Sliding scale description adapted with permission from Worts and Cunning Apothecary (http://www.wortsandcunning.com/blog/sliding-scale) and Little Red Bird Botanicals ( http://www.littleredbirdbotanicals.com/consultation-fees/)

Providing access to a better birth

A sliding scale is a tool for building economic justice, and it requires your active participation. For a sliding scale to work, it relies on the principles of truthfulness, respect for complexity, and accountability. I do not ask for income verification because I trust my clients to be honest. Please be mindful that if you pay for my service at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility and truly need access to this service and vital resources.

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Here are the general guidelines about how I currently price my sliding scale and to help you determine where you fall on it:

The highest dollar cost reflects the true cost of the service. It is the cost that I would charge all clients in the absence of a sliding scale. If you have access to financial security, own property or have personal savings, you would not traditionally qualify for sliding scale services. If you are able to pay for “wants” and spend little time worried about securing necessities in your life, you have economic privilege and power in our community. This price is for you.

The middle costs reflect my acknowledgement that paying the full cost would prevent some folks from being able to sign onto my services, but who do not honestly find themselves reflected in either descriptions for the highest cost or the lowest. If you are struggling to conquer debt or build savings or move away from paycheck to paycheck living but have access to steady income and are not spending most of your time thinking about meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, child care, etc., you belong here. If you, however, can ask others for financial support, such as family members, partners, or friends, please consider using those personal resources before you use the resources of the sliding scale and thus limiting opportunities for others.

The bottom cost represents an honest acknowledgment that there are folks whose economic circumstances would prevent them from receiving these services if there was not a deliberate opportunity made for them to access services at a cost that is reflective of their economic realities. If you struggle to maintain access to needs such as health care, housing, food, child care, and are living paycheck to paycheck or are in significant debt, you probably belong here and you deserve a community that honors your price as equal an economic offering as the person who can pay the highest tier.

Consider paying less on the scale if you:

  • are supporting children or have other dependents

  • have significant debt

  • have medical expenses not covered by insurance

  • are eligible for public assistance

  • have immigration-related expenses

  • are an unpaid community organizer

  • are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history

 

Consider paying more on the scale if you:

  • own the home you live in

  • have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money

  • travel for recreation

  • have access to family money and resources in times of need

  • work part time or are unemployed by choice, including unemployment due to full-time school in a degree-earning program

  • have a relatively high degree of earning power (due to level of education,  gender privilege, racial privilege, class background). Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, I ask you to recognize this as a choice.

 

Sliding scale description adapted with permission from Worts and Cunning Apothecary (http://www.wortsandcunning.com/blog/sliding-scale) and Little Red Bird Botanicals ( http://www.littleredbirdbotanicals.com/consultation-fees/)

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