(Closed) Doula Experiences Please

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee

My doula was $500 and included in that were two meet-ups with us beforehand, answering questions by email and phone, and presence at the birth.  What you’re describing sounds a bit steep….

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I got the fist time mother birth package from our midwife and it included a doula. I got to meet with her whenever I wanted before and until 6 weeks after birth. Plus the fact that she told me to call/email her whenever I had a question or if I just needed someone to talk to. She even took me shopping for some things that I would need for baby. I loved my doula 🙂 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

One of my good friends is a doula and we used her for the birth of our son. What you are describing is how she operates her business too. I think her fee is 600 and she works with a group of other doulas and they are on call for each other if something were to come up. They do offer a meet the doulas night so that you can meet the other doulas that could be at your birth. I think she offers one meeting before the birth to discuss your birth plan and then she is on call for your birth. She also makes a follow up house call after your baby is born. Does your doula offer childbirth classes? That could be another way to get to know her before the birth.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

My doula was $500 but they range from around that to $800 around here depending on experience. If you go with a doula in training that is working in getting all her ‘births’ in you can end up with great care for  discount. Usually they are mentored by an experienced certified doula.

We met with her about 3 times before and she was always availalbe by email or phone. Because she had 2 clients due within 10 days… I was well aware there would be a slight chance her back up (Her doula mentor) would be who we got if both moms went into labor at the same time. I agreed to this before I gave her any money and had met the other doula as well.

She also dropped in to visit the week after Warren was born to check in on us and was available for support after birth as well.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My doula was $600 and included only one meeting before the birth. And she also had a back-up person that we met once, who we would have to use if we went into labor on a Thursday since our doula teaches classes on Thursdays.  I think your contract is pretty normal, really. Most doulas are very empathetic, so I think they would probably be fine with you meeting both of them beforehand anyway if you ask.

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