Both <a href="http://www.cea-tlc.org/" target="_blank">http://www.cea-tlc.org/</a> and <a href="http://www.thebirthinginn.com/" target="_blank">http://www.thebirthinginn.com/</a> are wonderful doula resources in the area. Talk to Palmer at the Birthing Inn and Ellen at Bates. Both women are very experienced and knowledgeable!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I'm a doula, but don't do births anymore and both of my doulas that I used for my kids aren't doing births either. Hope the links are helpful!<br><br>
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Oh, I didn't know Palmer did doula work! Yes, she is great! She was the secondary midwife for dd's birth, because my midwife's usual partner was out of town that day. She was so caring and sweet and wonderful. I had never even met her before, and I instantly felt very comfortable with her.
<a href="http://www.southsounddoula.com/about_bev.htm" target="_blank">http://www.southsounddoula.com/about_bev.htm</a><br><br>
I'm biased of course, because Bev's one of my best friends, but she was also a wonderful doula. She has lots of experience and is very passionate about supporting the mother for whatever she wants and needs rather than pushing any kind of agenda.<br><br>
I know she has a flier about "questions to ask a doula". I don't remember what's on it. One thing I noticed when I took my doula class is it seemed like a lot of the women were overly preoccupied with their own experience. You want a doula that will let you own your own birth. I'd also be wary of the novice doulas Bates cranks out. They're cheap, often free, but are typically idealistic with little to no practical experience.
I would recommend Julyn Cook, she was our doula and WONDERFUL. I cant amagine having our next babe without her. She has a great peaceful way. She is also a birth instructor at the Birthing Inn, so they have all of her contact info. I have spoken with many moms who had her as a doula and have heard nothing but praise.<br><br>
best of luck
I second or third or forty-seventh endorsing Palmer, if she's available. She's pretty busy with the birth center and her other hobbies but I believe she is doign doula work- If one of my closest friends (and former doula partner) wasn't flying up from Dallas just to be at my birth, I would hire Palmer in a new york minute. I've attended births with her and she taught both of the Birthing From Within trainings I've taken so I have a real good bead on that lady. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
For Oly, I highly recommend Sarah Huntington. She was our doula for the birth of our DD. I'm so thankful she was there...incredibly supportive. She has a lot of knowledge too because she used to be a midwife. She's also a lactation consultant now, so she's definitely helpful on many fronts. Her fee includes 2 pre-birth visits, the birth, and 2 postpartum visits, and she'll definitely work with your budget.<br><br>
Her email: <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>