I think we found a doula. Yay!
Before even announcing our pregnancy, I told DH that this person would be wonderful at it, she's had two homebirths, and two other natural births, she's got a great personality, we click, she's feisty, and she takes amazing photos. I'm very interested in having birth photography done, almost moreso than I am concerned with having a doula for relaxation/pain support. (I've practiced as a doula myself before, so I know the basics, as does DH). I want someone who will be able to kind of do both-- mostly take photos, but be capable of putting down the camera and helping a bit if needed. She was the first person who came to mind, and she has recently doulaed/photographed for a few of her friends.
I posted on FB today that I was needing to start looking for doulas, and she responded right away and said she would love to be our doula. It was like fate, since she was whom I had pinpointed initially.
Now, she hasn't mentioned fees or being paid at all, and I'm not sure she will, but I'd like to offer her something, I'm just having a hard time coming up with -what-. I know her because I babysat for her half a dozen times when her youngest two were about 4mo and 2 years. It all spanned about two months, and then I haven't seen them in about a year, because they moved further away from me, and closer to another babysitter they use. We aren't friends, acquaintances really, and I really look up to her. As a photographer, she is also a hobby photog, has done weddings and newborn shots for friends, and a few "commercial" gigs for local small time art shows etc.
All the well known doulas in our area charge between $550-$600.
Where would you start thinking would be an appropriate amount in this case?