Erin - posted on 04/13/2010
Yes, all of the midwives I found in my area (Mi) offered doula services as well. I've had one hospital birth and am preparing for a homebirth (statistically sooo much safer). I would never ever ever enter a hospital for birth without a doula by my side! Good luck to you!
Mary - posted on 05/28/2009
I am a doula in Wisconsin, but I have links to a few doula registries to help mothers find a doula in there own area. You can find those registry links at http://www.mothersadvocate.com/doulanear...
Although the most commomly heard of doula organization is DONA, there are many good doula training organizations. Childbirth International, CAPPA, Birthing from Within, ALACE, and Birth Works, just to name a few. You will only find DONA doulas on dona.org., so if you wish to find a larger variety of doulas to pick from, try googling "doula, your city or area, State" For example when I google "doula, fox cities, WI" at least four doulas are found in my area. It is a very good idea, as the other poster mentioned to interview a few doulas to find the one that best supports the entire family and makes a good addition to your birth team. After all, you must work well together to achieve your best birth experience. Best wishes to you in your search.
Rebecca - posted on 03/15/2009
Check out the Doulas of North America website: www.dona.org. Under "For mothers & families" there's a really good section on selecting a doula.
Beyond that, I would recommend meeting with them just as a "get to know you" first and see if they click with you (and your spouse/partner/birth companion). A friend of mine had to ask her doula to leave while she was laboring because her doula couldn't get along well with her husband. (yikes, right?)
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