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#1 of 7 Old 02-03-2011, 08:20 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm considering hiring a student doula. I haven't signed the contract because I was negotiating it but I did give her a verbal yes. 

She's the first doula I clicked with and I have no other suggestions.  I'm 25 weeks now. I thought I had made up my mind until my OB asked me at the last appt- "are you sure you want a student?"   My OB told me she didn't really like some doulas either. I should have asked her for a recommendation of one she liked. 

 

The biggest reason I like my doula is she doesn't seem like she would prevent medical treatment if it was necessary. I had some doulas scare me even out of the hospital. I want to be at a hospital. I want to try natural birth but I want the options of medication if necessary.  I'd prefer an epidural for example, if it was necessary to prevent a C-section. That experience happened to my perspective student doula.  

 

I'm sure I could afford a full price doula. I'm just wondering what doula's charge in Northern NJ near NYC. My student doula is charging $450.  Is that normal?  Would a full cost doula be much more expensive?   And well, it's my body and my baby, is the expense worth it?   Oh the $450 includes 3 visits - 2 prenatal and 1 post (or the other way if I prefer) and she promises to be on call the entire month - I'm due in the middle of May. I'll be her only client that month and she'll be there the entire birth.  I wanted a labor doula not really a post partum as I'll have my mother in law and mother around for that. 

 

 

She will have attended births before but I will be her first or second by herself. Has anyone had problems with a student?  Or success?  She seems really enthusiastic and eager.  

 

Thanks in advance.

 


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I can't comment on what your experience will be like with a student doula but regarding price - it's a good deal! I paid $1600 for my NJ/NYC based doula (though she does have sliding scale) with the same amount of visits/support.


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I thought students usually didn't charge??

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I thought students usually didn't charge??


 

I always encourage doulas to charge while they consider themselves to be in training. Some doulas don't (though all of the ones in our group do).

 

Even if she's a new doula, the parents are getting a service that's worth a lot. The first two births I attended as a doula were both over twenty hours. I took care of the parents during the birth, got them food and drinks, reminded mom to go pee, rubbed backs and hands for hours, helped with breastfeeding, etc.
 


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I agree she should charge. A student photographer charges for their time. It's a lot she's giving.

SHe's also reaching out to low income women with her classmates for free support.  I'm comfortable with charging. I just had a panic. I'll keep with my first instinct about her and keep her.


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The part of your post that stood out to me was "I clicked with her." If you feel comfortable with her, that's the important part.


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My doula charged 1200 - I also agree that even a student should charge. I also agree that the most important thing is that you click with her. My doula had attended more births - but wasn't DONA certified. She was perfect for me, however!


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