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October 21st, 2008, 12:59 PM
oriel13's Avatar Tishauna
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Hi all, long time lurker - first time poster.

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.

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October 21st, 2008, 03:08 PM
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A lady in my PR is working toward her certification and she is in California....what part of California are you in?
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October 21st, 2008, 04:03 PM
oriel13's Avatar Tishauna
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I'm in the Sacramento area.

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October 21st, 2008, 04:22 PM
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I'm in the Sacramento area.[/b]
Oh, I think Felissa is in the San Jose area. I am sure the other ladies on the board will be able to give you some advice on this...I didn't use a doula myself so I don't have any info for you.
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October 21st, 2008, 04:50 PM
DoulaMama's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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hi- I recognize you! I was supposed to be in your DDC ;(

you may be able to find someone on this site: http://bellywomen.net/ ETA- it seems like the listings are down- keep checking back soon.

also- you can call dona and ask them if they have any doulas in your area that are in the certification process that you can contact.

good luck!
Cheryl, mama to Noah Paul born 12/26/09, wife to wonderful hubby Rob
I am proudly a homebirthing, excluively breastfeeding from the tap, constantly babywearing, bed sharing, attached mama to a high needs baby. He is a part time diaper-free baby!

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October 23rd, 2008, 01:39 AM
Radish4ever's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Check this one out! I looked and there are a LOT listed! Worth a shot!!
Mom to Grace, Michael, Heath, and Charlie
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