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Three Boys in Brazil ::
Just my 2 cents!
I would always advise charging at least a little something even though I didn't. Most doulas will tell you that and I ignored that advice to no major detriment...but I do think it makes people take it more seriously and value your services more, as well as making you feel at least a little bit better when you've worked your tail off at a long birth! Your services are worth something always, no matter how inexperienced you may be! Good luck on your doula journey.
RN-BSN 5/11, CBE, former doula
I always advocate charging something, even for student doulas, because you have expenses too. I spend time doing visits with them,few people live in my neighborhood and gas is costly, I must find a backup doula and childcare...
4 years and 5 IVF cycles in the making, Elliott was born at home in water on 2/2/11.
Megan Davidson, Labor & Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, Anthropologist, Mom to August (9) and Clay (4), Partner to Shawn.
Sleepy mama to Colin Theodore 8-12-08 and Trevor Arthur 7-17-12.
wife - mother - midwife
The more you know, the worse it gets.