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<p>Hi, I am a newer doula just starting out in Santa Cruz County and I wanted to be able to hear from moms who had doula's themselves. How did you find your doula? Was it word of mouth? Through a community group or birth network in your area? Were doula referred to you by a friend or family member? Did you find one on the web? Did you find your doula via the DONA website, or Doulamatch.net?</p>
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<p>I'm asking because I am having a hard time getting clients and I'd like to understand better how pregnant women go about choosing a doula so I can reach more of them. Looking forward to your responses!</p>
 

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<p>Really? No one? Did no one use a doula for their birth? I'd really appreciate any kind of response I can get! Maybe if you didn't use a doula, how would you have gone about looking for one if you wanted one? I'd love to hear from you!</p>
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<p>Hi  :)  Contact Harmony Birth Resources in Campbell.  They have a meet-the-doulas night regularly(not sure how often they're doing them these days--once a month I think?).  I went to one when I was pregnant with my daughter 5 years ago and several of the doulas were from over the hill.  </p>
 

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<p>Thank you! I will! I really appreciate your response!<span><img alt="smile.gif" height="16" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" width="16"></span></p>
 

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<p>Hello! Hope you're still following this thread. I received my prenatal care from a midwife and birthed in a stand alone center. My midwife recommended taking on a doula, but we couldn't really afford it. Our midwife knew some doulas who were willing to volunteer. We met a doula who we really connected with, and now we'd never birth without a doula again. Even in a stand alone birth center birth her support was so vital. </p>
 

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<p>Hi - If you're still following this thread, I'd recommend joining a doula collective that has a Meet the Doula night, sending a letter of introduction to local OBs, LMs, and other birth professionals (including yoginis, body workers, and the like).  Also volunteer to give talks to prenatal yoga classes or mom's clubs about comfort in labor.  Definitely have a good website and communication with other local doulas, volunteering to be a back-up or helping out in other ways.  When I was new, I got a lot of business passed to me from established doulas who had been contacted but were already booked.</p>
 
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