I'm thinking I need to hire a doula for my delivery. Technically I would need her for labor/birth, but she would likely be there more for my kids than anything. I am delivering at UCSD Birth Center (at least that's the plan!) and I hope to utilize one of their volunteer doulas for birth, but I don't have ANY family in the area that can be there for my 8 year old daughter and 5 year old son. I have a few friends, but they may not be able to drop everything (they also have kids) if their spouse isn't home, etc., so I don't want to depend on them.
Does anyone have a doula they would recommend (I am due May 9). Also, how much should I expect to pay?? I have NO idea how much doulas "run" in this area.
Thank you so much!