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Hey austin mamas:<br><br>
Has anyone used a doula recently in Austin? Would you mind telling me what their fee was and what services they provided. I'm trying to gauge what is the going rate out there. Also, can anyone recommend a doula or doula-in-training in Austin? I would really like to have one for the next birth. I recently found one on Craigslist and we met up and I loved her but she's a little too pricey for us right now! TIA
 

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Hi! I have been training as a doula in Austin and have met some wonderful women in the process. I am not taking on any clients as I have a sensitive little one at home that I am tending to at the moment. Lanell Coultas and Marcella Billig are WONDERFUL - expensive, yes - but worth every penny! I can't quote you an exact fee but I know its up there I would estimate in the 800 - 1000 range. I am sure they could put you on a payment plan also. Kecia Johndrow trained me, and I also highly reccomend her - she would be in the mid-range I believe, I am not sure.<br><br>
My doula was Heather Shelley - and - again - she is GREAT. I LOVED having her at my birth, she was invaluable. She also is very reasonable with her rates and will frequently barter for part of it.<br><br>
If you would like a student, call up Lanell - she just posted a list of aspiring doulas and could point you in a good direction.<br><br>
Good luck!!! There is a great birth community in Austin, I am confident you will find the perfect match!
 

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Wendy: Thanks so much for all the information!! I'm sure Lanell and Marcela are wonderful but $800 is a bit out of our range right now, hopefully with the next one though... I will give Lanell a call about doulas-in-training.<br>
I have a few more questions:<br>
You mentioned bartering, what kind of things do people barter?<br>
What kind of services do doulas-in-training provide? the same as a full doula? What kind of fee would a doula-in-training expect?<br>
Thanks so much for all your help. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> to you and your little one!
 

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Well - bartering could mean just about anything! I created a database for Heather with all her past clients in it... another mom traded childcare, she would watch Heather's 3 kids when she went out to births. Stuff like that - if you check out her website she talks a little about it birthingyourway dot com.<br><br>
If you can't afford Marcella and Lanell's doula services, check out their childbirth classes, they are WONDERFUL! I audited one as a training and attended another one as a mom. They just won Best in Austin in the Chronical readers poll. The classes aren't very expensive.<br><br>
Some training doulas don't charge anything - we need to attend and document 3 births in order to get our certification - which that can be nice, but of coarse always buyer beware, unlike another more experienced doula, you don't know what kind of training or experience they have. Its a VERY intimate thing to allow a stranger to come into your lives at that moment, so interview a lot of different girls and go with whomever your gut tells you would work well - someone who when you meet gives you a feeling of strenght and calm. I charged $100-150 - the reason I charged something was because I felt my knowledge and time had value, and in sort of a spirtual way - once the mom put money down on the table - she was saying to herself and the universe that she was COMMITTED - she had something at stake. So thats why as a begining doula I charged a little something.<br><br>
Anyway - I hope it goes well for you!!! Keep us posted!!!
 

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I am definitely willing to pay something for a doula! your knowledge, time, and presence is definitely worth something even if you are not "fully" trained or even credentialed. I have heard of doulas going through the trainings and then not getting certified, which is ok with me too.<br>
Normally, I wouldn't have a problem paying the $800 for Lanell or Marcela, but we're about to buy a house and I don't have steady income right now, so it's kind of a problem. My husband keeps telling me, you don't need a doula, I'll be there to support you. but I really strongly believe, especially after ds birth, that we'll both need someone there for support. i just need to convince my dh now!
 

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You know really Heather was there much more for dh's sake than for mine! Really - no one can take away the force of and intensity of what you are feeling, in those moments of labor where the waves are crashing so strongly - its only you - no doula can bear that for you - but they can keep your dh calm and occupied! Its also just nice having someone gently guide you along, give you encouragement, offer differnt things to do - and make a pot of chicken noodle soup for afterwards!<br><br>
Its a huge life transition and I know my dh was very grateful for our doula to help him navigate through that.<br><br>
I wish you the best!!! I hope your birth is wonderful!!!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">ing: (We may move to Austin eventually)
 
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