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<p>I am pregnant with #2 and have Kaiser Insurance.</p>
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<p>I am considering having a Doula to help me keep this pregnancy as natural and comfortable as possible. I am pretty sure the hospital does not offer any services as part of my insurance plan so I was wondering what is a range of the cost? I am sure it varies by area, I will be delivering in Irivne. Also, I have heard that you can hire a Doula in training for a lot less expensive. Does anyone know how I could go about finding someone like that??</p>
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<p>Thank you <span><img alt="Rainbow.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/Rainbow.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>Megan</span></p>
 

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<p>I delivered at KP Baldwin Park and I have to say, it was an AMAZING experience. Even though I had a section due to one twin being breech, they had both babies at the breast within 20 mins tops, lactation consults in my room within 2 hours, and a lacation coach twice daily. No formula samples, no pacifiers, rooming in standard. KP BP doesn't even HAVE a "nursery." It was top notch.</p>
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<p>That being said, I paid $800 for my doula. I have seen rates as low as $400-$500 for a "student." You could check with No Sugar Added in Fullerton for referrals.</p>
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<p>Best wishes and I hope you have a great KP experience. IMHO, they are top-notch for a "natural" hospital birth...</p>
 

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<p>I am glad to hear you had a great experience with your Kaiser hospital. I had my dd with Kaiser 8 years ago. They were good about rooming in but, not so much with breastfeeding help and they pushed the formula at that time. I think a lot has changed. I noticed a lot more focus on breastfeeding at the OBs office which is great.</p>
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<p>I am a doula in Santa Cruz county, and around here the average cost is $800. I, however, along with many other student/newer doulas in the area charge a lot less. I would recommend going to <a href="http://www.doulamatch.net" target="_blank">www.doulamatch.net</a> and searching by your zip code for a doula. In their profiles, some of them include how much they choose to charge for their services.</p>
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<p>Best of luck in finding your doula! I hope you have a wonderful birth!</p>
 
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