I live in Havertown, and will give birth somewhere in the general area. I had been thinking Bryn Mawr, but am considering other options now. Do you have a personal experience with a good doula? (Even an experience with a bad doula is worth mentioning, in case I accidentally get set up with her somehow!) My friend in MD was able to retain a good doula's services for $1,000, which included some prenatal visits, and I'm hoping to pay no more than this, myself, especially since we are now down to one income.
We used Marilyn Nolt for our 2nd & 3rd births, both homebirths (our first was a hospital birth, assisted by a medwife). She is awesome & I can't imagine giving birth w/o her (or my midwife, Kathy Hindle). I found her website here: http://www.supportedbeginnings.com/Supported_Beginnings/home.html and when I looked at the photos, the one on top is me! It was after my first son was born. It's a great picture. And, I know one of the other women too.
Sus! Kathy is my midwife and Marilyn is my backup doula. :) We are using Ellen Felley for a doula. This is our first baby (EDD 1/10/12) and we are planning a homebirth. I totally love Kathy.
MrsSlocombe, Ellen has been great so far. She charges $1200 but will work with you on something more affordable. She was very generous with her fee for us so don't let the starting price scare you. I have also heard of people using Well Born Baby for doulas but I don't have personal experience. I think it's an awesome idea getting a doula for your birth!
mama to baby girl E born at home on 1/8/12 with #2 on his or her way around 8/28/13