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August 22nd, 2013, 10:39 AM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Has anyone ever used a doula?

I just met with one today and I am on the fence. I am planning for a vbac and want to do everything I can to make it happen, and I am not sure if the added expense is worth the benefit at this point. Any personal experiences would be much appreciated. Interestingly enough, we posted together on a board on JM (WTTC) so I really clicked with her, but not sure yet if I should hire her.

She also told me how there is no standard in Ontario or Canada for doulas. This is in terms of care, pricing etc. If you have used a doula, if you don't mind sharing price and what she did, it would be much appreciated. She is part of a collective in my area that is working to standardize the practice here so all doulas are the same price, provide essentially the same service (with one or two minor word changes on their contracts), etc. which I found interesting, so really my focus would be finding someone I click with, rather than worrying about price and such.
DS1: C 8/12/2012
DS2: L 3/30/2014
Surprise baby! due 3/27/2017

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