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I am expecting my second child and really would like to have the support of a doula this time. I am delivering with the West Suburban Midwife Association at the Alternative Birthing Center. Unfortunately, after estimating the cost of the birth, my husband and I don't have money to spend on a doula. I have heard that it is possible to find a doula in training to help for no fee or a nominal fee. Does anyone know how to go about finding one?<br><br>
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I can't help you with a no cost doula, sorry. But I can tell you that the apprentice doulas at Birthways do cost less. It might be worth looking into.
 

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Neonalee, thank you. I don't really know if finding a "free" doula is realistic. I am trying to save up some money to spend and appreciate the referral!
 

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You can try putting an ad up on Craigslist. And maybe speak to someone at Birthways and see if they know of anyone. They are a wonderful pool of knowledge of natural birthing in the Chicago area. Good luck!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><a href="http://www.birthwaysinc.com/" target="_blank">http://www.birthwaysinc.com/</a>
 

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If you really cannot afford a doula-- there are many that do this pro bono while they are in training.<br><br>
PM me if you want help finding one!
 

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One of my friends is a Doula in training. She lives in Naperville though and I'm not sure if she's willing to go that far. If you PM me your info I will pass it along to her.
 

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I am a Chicago doula working towards certification. I don't doula for free, but I would definitely second (third?) Birthways. They should be able to help you. Good luck!
 

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<p>Hi,</p>
<p>I found this thread while looking into the same thing.  Although I can afford to pay a fee, I cannot afford to pay a high fee and am also in search of a doula in training.  I am still waiting on Birthways to return my inquiry, which hopefully will be today or tomorrow as I am due in just under 4 weeks...I know, I have a late start on the search.</p>
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<p>Can anyone give me an idea of what the general fees are for doulas that are in training?  I would really appreciate it.  Also, if you are a doula in training, I'd be interested in connecting with you to learn if you would like to attend my birth.  I'm delivering at Evanston Northshore with the Northshore Associates midwives.</p>
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<p>Thanks a bunch everyone!</p>
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<p>If you make less then $50,000 a year Chicago Volunteer Doulas may be able to help. Otherwise depending on how much you are able to pay I may be able to make some recommendations for doulas in your area. Most new doulas will work in the $200-$400 range, some will go lower though. </p>
 
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