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Frequently Asked Questions

Moving new parents forward for the last 16 years!

What do YDD association fees cover?
YDD association fees cover continuous background checks for every job, marketing for clients, continuous training, educational clinics, and support. Association fees allow you to attend additional training and courses for free or at a discounted rate.
Am I guaranteed work?
YDD’s system works in advance. YDD will find you work and once at the completion of your contract with that family we will work to find you your next placement. YDD’s questionnaire to both parents and doulas will allow our expert placement team to find the perfect family for you and the perfect doula for them.
Do I need experience as a working doula in order to become a member of the YDD association?
No, YDD works on a “Tier System” and offers shadow program experience to all of our members. This will allow you to gain experience and knowledge through some of the best doulas.
What is the Tier System?
Once a doula application is completed, a team of expert doulas will rate your application based on experience, years of work, training, education, and references. A YDD doula can be placed in one of three tiers with tier one being the highest and tier three being the lowest. Tier one doulas have the most experience, training, and education and tier three have the least. Those doulas in tier one can charge more per hour than those in tier three.
I’ve been placed in Tier Three, will I still get work? How do I move up in tiers?
Yes, tier three doulas will still get work. Second-time parents always have interest in tier three doulas as budget is sometimes more important than experience. Your level of experience will determine your tier placement. If you begin in tier three and continue with YDD and after experience gained will be moved up by our expert team of doulas to a higher tier.
Do I get to pick my own schedule and rate?
Yes, doulas will let our placement team know their availability and rate and our team will place them with the perfect family who matches their needs.


“Choosing a doula is a huge decision for your family as they are in your home with your newborn every night. I contacted YDD and went through the application process and discovered it was the most seamless process with the least amount of stress. Mary and her team at Your Dedicated Doula are out of this world!”

- Elizabeth J.

“YDD is the ultimate first class service that is available when it comes to having a child. I heard of how much of a nightmare it was to do the research, interview, and choose your own doula. I had a high risk pregnancy and did not want/need the added stress. YDD was the best thing that happened during my pregnancy and the doula I received from them is now like family. Thank you YDD!”

- Madeline G.

"I am so impressed with YDD. I struggled for 6 months trying to locate the “perfect” doula for our first born. When it came time for our second child I had heard of YDD from a friend. We ultimately picked a doula that the experts at YDD thought would be “perfect” for us and she was the absolute perfect fit for our family. All the hard work, research, and background checks were done for us and there was zero stress on me."

- Christina T.

"From the moment she stepped in the door, she exuded a calm and confident demeanor that immediately put me at ease. She is a wealth of knowledge with all things baby, but also with postpartum care, lactation issues and a level of emotional support that isn't from baby experience, but rather a result of her being pretty much one of the best people I know."

- D. Friedman

"…she delivered results! My daughter is a content, well rested, excellent sleeper thanks…"

- S. Nolan

"Even as a second time mom, Mary's knowledge and insight was invaluable... Mary’s vast experience, skilled capabilities and supportive presence in a challenging time of transition for our family were truly incredible."

- Natasha D.

"She was a wonderfully calming presence in our home. She made us laugh, made us feel secure and comfortable with all the new experiences we were witnessing."

- Karen & Robert

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