How much is a doula worth?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I think the doula speed-dating sounds like a fantastic idea! Seriously, how well you click with a doula is probably the most important thing. Experience is obviously also really important, but I’ve also read stories about people who hired very experienced doulas and were disappointed because they felt like they were “just another client” and didn’t really develop a personal connection that this was a trusted ally they could count on in labor. I would say, look for someone who at least has some baseline experience, but between a moderately-experienced doula I clicked with and a highly-experienced one that I didn’t, I’d definitely go with the former.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I can not express how highly I would recommend a doula!

I work for a hospital so I was able to take advantage of their volunteer doula program.  I was paired with two senior year nursing students who have taken the doula course.  They were inexperienced in that they had observed births but had not yet been a doula.

I found them to be EXTREMELY helpful.  They helped keep me focused and motivated, they supported my husband so he could better support me.  They had a “bag of tricks” so to speak… aromatherapy, warm and cool compresses, tennis balls for massage, etc.

I feel like even though they weren’t highly experienced, their help, support, and encouragement were absolutely priceless.  

I would very highly suggest interviewing people and finding someone who makes you feel comfortable.  

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