|Originally posted by Serena
Wow, looks like NYC is the most expensive place possible to hire a doula. My doula was $1000 and that was in the middle of her sliding scale ($750-1250) and she has since raised her scale to $1000-1600! Being a doula in NYC pays well, if you can get the clients.
Almost... it seems big city doulas can charge that... 3 years ago my Doula was $750 (she was based in Los Angeles and her partner charged $1,000
...) it didn't work out. We ended up not wanting her there (won't go into the whole thing). The contract said she got to keep her deposit ($350), so she kept it. It included 3-4 home visits. I still think she is a GREAT Doula, I just would have to consider it if I had to hire her again.OK here is the story... when I hired her she said she was a HypnoBirthing instructor... Once she was hired it comes out she is brand new at this and not charging her first 10 clients because she is still "practicing." She handed me a tape of her own voice (lousy, lousy, lousy recording) of her own voice doing the audio tape recordings that I'm supposed to practice with. We had 2? Hypnobirthing sessions and they were awful. No wonder her clients weren't having much success with it. I desperatedly wanted a med free birth, and I was giving birth in a hospital, so I was searching and searching for alternatives. Thankfully, I found a local HypnoBirthing practioner (who taught a real class) and when I told her what my Doula was doing, she was horrified. That is no way to "teach" it.
Well, I took the HypnoBirthing class and went on to have a painfree 20 hour labor in the hospital. I was soooo determined and I practiced the relaxation everyday. I credit taking the class (reading the book alone/tapes alone would not have worked for me) with my success... up to the birth, my confidence grew and grew. Although I was terrified at the beginning of my pg about giving birth, by the end I was looking forward to it and even felt confident about doing it "unassisted."
Well I was on the fence about videotaping it. On the one hand I wanted to, and on the other I did not. DH did not want it videotaped. The Doula thought videotaping it would be a great idea. She was trying to convince me to convince DH. I got the very strong feeling that she would video tape it, get a copy and say "This mom was one of MY first Hypnobirthing client." A white lie, but a deception. At that point, I didn't feel so great about having her attend my birth. DH didn't either.
My insurance may not have paid for it, but Flexplan did (money set aside from DH's paycheck that is not taxed specifically for medical purposes.)