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RebeccaA'07's picture
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Doula's

I've had a heck of a time finding a Doula - I decided that since I was going for an unmedicated VBAC that a Doula would be a great support during labor/delivery. I think I've emailed at least 6 in the area and have only heard back from two in a week.

I'm meeting up with one this week (hopefully) - anyone have good questions I should be asking?

My main goal is to have that one supportive force that knows my wishes and can help direct the others around me in what I want. Anyone else using a Doula?

Marite13's picture
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I am. I had the same one at my first birth, and I just can't imagine birthing without her! Smile

You might want to ask her to describe how she sees her role- maybe even tell you about a recent client and how she worked with her. I know my doula had a pretty extensive list of what is included in her job and what isn't- this was paper work that she gave me at our first meeting along with the contract. Also, my doula asked US a lot of questions about how WE wanted our birth to go, etc... like she took it as a mutual interview I guess, to make sure she also thought she was a good match to us, IYKWIM?

Good luck! I am obviously a fan, and think the right support can make a huge difference!

dsbwn3's picture
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I would love to have a Doula! How much do they cost and so you know if your insurance would cover something like this?

Marite13's picture
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It all really depends, Sarah. My doula costs $500- and that is in relatively small town Michigan. I've heard of some charging as little as $200-300, or as much as $800-1,000. I think there are very few insurances that cover doulas- but, it's worth looking into!

RebeccaA'07's picture
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I've seen both sides of charges, the one I'm meeting with charges $300 - she's actually nurse, too, and knows the hospital practices here which will be nice. But I've also emailed a couple where services were up to $800. I think it depends on their experience and the area you are in.

I asked my insurance about coverage, Blue Shield, and they do not provide Doula coverage but did have midwife coverage.

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I think we will have one. I'm not sure because DS came in 7 hours from the very first contraction to when he came out, and I'm afraid this one will be so fast the doula won't even have time to get there in time, never mind help. But I know last time our doula was a big help for DH, and my mom won't be in the room this time because she will be with DS, so we could use another support person.

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If I were having a hospital birth I would totally hire a doula. I think they are worth their weight in gold. They provide amazing support to laboring mothers. Luckily with a homebirth I get a MW and her assistant all to myself. Love that.

Most hospitals essentially leave you alone with a monitor and nurses come in every hour or so to "check" your strip or you.....but they don't provide emotional/physical support through the process (at least in my two hospital experiences....and I don't think they were unique.)

They can also help you ask the right questions about your care and the birth process.

Good luck finding the right fit for you!

You can also check the DONA website-- dona.org for certified doulas or even apprentice doulas who work for less money. Wink