Doula Help

Emily - posted on 03/14/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any experience in hiring a doula? I would really like one for my next pregnancy, but I have no idea how to go about finding one.

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Erin - posted on 04/13/2010

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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!

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Find a midwife in your area and ask her. She's going to have worked with some wonderful women who she could introduce you to.

Katie - posted on 04/08/2010

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Where do u live? A good friend of mine is a doula. I used her for my last birth.

Cassy - posted on 03/18/2010

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I had a doula for my second birth and I HIGHLY recommend her to everyone I know that's pregnant. The support and wealth of knowledge is amazing! Ask for a meeting to see if they are right for you!

Mary - posted on 05/28/2009

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Hi Emily,

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

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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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