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I know some of you are doulas or have hired one so hope I can get some insight. I had found a lady to work with for my birth in December. She was willing to help us out pro-bono because of my family situation (husband overseas and won't be here if the baby is early). However something came up and now she's going to be out of town for the 2 weeks leading up to our due date. She has no backup so I'm without a doula. She gave me references to other doulas but their fees are all in the $800+ range (one lady was willing to take $350 but we still can't do it). I spoke with Operation Special Delivery, they can only help me out with volunteer services if my husband is gone - if he gets back in time then we're responsible for paying the doula's fees, whatever they happen to be. We just can't afford that.
So how would I go about finding someone who is working toward their certification and willing to do it for experience or someone who may be willing to charge a lot less? All of my online searches keep coming back to the ones I've already spoken to. With the baby coming and a move scheduled only a few weeks after we really needed this pro-bono, the most I could pay is maybe $100-$150.