Re: When does the Doula come?
Hi ! Doulas Businesses vary, buti will try to answer your quesitons in a general way as much as possible
I am wondering what specifically the doula will do during labor.
[/B][/QUOTE]There is a difference in the role of a doula at a hosptial birth and a home birht. An important role in the hopsitla for a doual is to be an adovocate for you.. to make sure things arn't happening that you arn't okay with and to inform you so that you can make the best decission. A doula can also offer alot of emmonal and physical suppor tthrough touch, massage, aroma therapyetc. she can help you to use different positions to labor in.. she can help your partner to help you.. you she can be an extra pari of hands... to learn more about a doulas role check out : http://www.dona.org or read "speacial women"
When does she come?Your doula will come when you ask her too (or should) It's a good idea to inform her as soon as you tink you are in labor, so she can plan on being there and find child care etc.
Do you pay by the hour? I know it sounds petty, but what if you have a 30 hour labor, how much do you end up having to pay the doula?Please never hire a doula by the hour.. thats just not right.. PLUS, it's too stressful for you.. who wants too be worring about money while they are in labor? or you might not ask her to comewhen you feel like you need her so that you can save money ... most doulas have set rates
Also, what are the going rates for Doulas? I really want to do this, but I need to know how much to save. Thanks.IT really matters on how experienced they are. Some doulas cost 100.. some cost 600.. it's depending on experinece and what they offer. If moeny is a concern, a good idea would be to hire a doual in training b/c they are usually free or only charge for gas, since they are still working on their sertification. SO not only would you not spend as much, but you would help a doula to become certified as well! Good Luck!