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HI there,<br><br>
I have known for quite some time that I'd like a laboring doula, and after much research, I found the perfect doula only to realize the price tag is well beyond our budget. I had no idea experienced doulas cost nearly $2000 (in New York)! It's too bad that doulas have become accessories of the wealthy. I am a teacher, and simply can't afford anywhere near this fee. I don't see how any normal person could.<br><br>
I've heard doulas-in-training do not charge so much, but am not sure where to find them, or how much they actually charge. If anybody can recommend a doula in training, or know where to find them, please let me know!<br><br>
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Contact the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC, ask for the yoga instructor who teaches on Monday evenings at Giggle in Soho. I think her name is Anna, or something like that. She is a doula in training and mentioned in class that she is taking on clients free of charge (or for very little) as she is building her hours. Hope this helps!
 

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My husband is a NYC public school teacher and I'm a postpartum doula.<br><br>
You bring up a very interesting dilemma for both clients like yourself who are not wealthy and for labor doulas who are also in the same category (not wealthy).<br><br>
I imagine you are in agreement that doulas deserve to make a living wage when they have been doing the work for many years. A labor doula lives an on-call life for clients and they're tethered to a beeper waiting for a clients birth. Most times that fee turns out to be $25.00-$50. an hour if you figure out the open ended amount of time they spend with you during the prenatal, labor & birth, postpartum visit and telephone conversations, on-call not being able to accept other work near your due date.<br><br>
So a $2000. fee in NYC for a very experienced seasoned labor doula is a decent wage but not that outrageous.<br><br>
The local doula professional organization is <b>Metropolitan Doula Group</b> (MDG), we have a private email group where we post requests such as yours. You will find an affordable labor doula, she might be a novice but that does not make her inexperienced to assist you during the labor!<br><br>
I can post the request for you.<br>
Send me a PM with your due date, and email address and the realistic fee you can afford, Anything else you want to include.<br><br>
Don't worry you will fall in love with another doula that you can afford!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br>
Ruth Callahan
 

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Thanks Ruth and kpsunbound,<br><br>
Your advice really helps. Ruth, I completely agree with you in that doulas are worth every penny they charge. I think they should be paid even more. Ideally, doulas would be an integral part of the healthcare system, thus have insurance coverage. My midwife is covered, I don't see why they wouldn't extend coverage to doulas. It's proven that they reduce chances of miscarriage, and shorten labor.<br><br>
Be it as it is, it's just very unfortunate that a normal person can't really afford a doula. I should be directing my frustration at my insurance company <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. I will definitely PM you my info.<br><br>
Thanks again for your advice and support.<br><br>
Rebecca
 

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During my last pregnancy I considered hiring a doula. Well, I went into labor and had a c-section a few days before our meeting. Here is a site where you can post that you are looking for a free or low cost doula, bellywomen.net<br><br>
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Belly Women has over 1000 doulas listed!<br>
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That sound higher than I've heard. My doula (from the Hudson Valley area) charged $600 and I interviewed at least one NYC doula who charged around that...but she had little experience. Maybe check with DONA and ALACE for listings and call around?
 
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