Found My Doula! - She's Hired! (Update Post #9)

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Found My Doula! - She's Hired! (Update Post #9)

I have been researching low cost doula services in my area (Los Angeles). I think I've found her! Her name is Allegra and she has the same last name as me (I think that's why I was drawn to her). We talked on the phone for almost an hour...and I really like her philosophy on natural birth. She is affordable and it's early enough in the pregnancy for us to really develop a friendship and partnership for this pregnancy!

We're going to meet in person next week. If the positive vibes are still there when we meet, I have found my doula! Will update this post when it happens!

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Congrats! I even love her name Blum 3 Let us know how the meeting goes!

I apologize if I've already asked this - but are you doing a hospital birth?

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"sweetsriracha" wrote:

Congrats! I even love her name Blum 3 Let us know how the meeting goes!

I apologize if I've already asked this - but are you doing a hospital birth?

Thanks! Yes, I am doing a hospital birth. I just responded to your other post saying I wish I could work with midwives. I just found out that my hospital has a midwifery program! I'm gonna look into it...want as natural a birth as possible. Smile

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That's great! I had a doula for an unmedicated hospital VBAC. It was wonderful to have that support.

I wish I could have one this time, but I've been told I can only have DH with me. With a twin VBAC, I have to deliver in the operating room and it's too crowded when you count the doctors and nurses on hand for me and the babies.

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Yay that's so exciting!

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Tamara, this is kind of a random place for a very random question... and I also hope you don't mind me asking Wink I remember you mentioning that you'd also gained 2 lbs at your last prenatal appointment. With your prior pregnancies, was your weight gain slow at first and then faster toward the end? Or are you "behind schedule" with this LO?

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"sweetsriracha" wrote:

Tamara, this is kind of a random place for a very random question... and I also hope you don't mind me asking Wink I remember you mentioning that you'd also gained 2 lbs at your last prenatal appointment. With your prior pregnancies, was your weight gain slow at first and then faster toward the end? Or are you "behind schedule" with this LO?

With my previous pregnancies, I gained at least 8 or nine pounds by first trimester. But I'm trying to stay active and eat (somewhat) healthy..although I have my moments. But my husband just told me I am not eating as much as I did with my other pregnancies. Now that m/s has passed, food taste so good now, I think I'm pigging out.. but I guess I'm really not.

Hopefully, I will have a healthy, but not too much, weight gain for this one!

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Congrats...that sounds like an awesome plan!

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The meeting with the doula went well! I absolutely love her. I knew we clicked when we talked on the phone and meeting her in person just confirmed my first impression of her. Her philosophy about birth and life (in general) compliments my own philosophy. Her rates were within my budget. She's definately hired!

So now, I can say....I HAVE A DOULA!

My next step is to tour the birth center where I am thinking of having a water birth tomorrow! Smile

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sounds awesome!!