I have, and I found a few that were $250 instead of $500, but I would rather pay more for someone who comes highly recommended.
See, last time we had a doula, she pretty much abandon us when I could not take the maxed-out-dose of pitocin contractions and after an hour of not being able to stay on top of the pain begged for drugs. She also tried to assert herself over my DH and then as soon as our son was born she was like "see ya" and never contacted us again. No birth story, no post-partum visit, etc. DH was VERY unhappy with her and it was a huge uphill battle to even get him to consider a doula again.
The OB that works over my midwife is very strict about who he "allows" his patients to work with. The doula I did not care for and her partner are on the "black list" so to say, and they have four they prefer their women to work with. I have talked to one of the doulas on the list who comes highly recommended and is super sweet and we are going to interview her in January. I am trying to save my pennies to pay for her fee, and the rest I will pull from savings.
Thanks for the welcome guys, it's nice to not be the only one who does not know the gender of my baby, or the only one who is not doing the happy dance for already being 20 weeks. In fact I am so confident this baby is going to be a June-bug that I have two extra *s behind 40 weeks in my ticker.
Heather: Mama to my amazing boys A-14.5, C-13, & M-5.5, and my sweet girl S-2.5 and introducing our little surprise Liam Michael, born 12/28!