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I like the idea of a doula becuase I will be in a new hospital/location for this birth with limited pain management options (this hospital does not offer an epidural), and even though I am delivering with MWs, apparently their involvement will be limited.<br><br>
So I am interviewing -<br><br>
1) what things should I ask about? I saw a list of some suggestions, but from your own personal experience - what things should I ask?<br><br>
The downside is that the cost is a bit prohibitive - I am just a student and DH was taking on extra work, but his heart can't take it, so I told him to stop doing the overtime. A friend suggested asking for a list of doulas in training from DONA in the hopes that one would be free or cheap. Obviously, this would bring a whole new set of questions...<br><br>
2) so if interviewing a doula in training, what more would you ask? How do you politely ask them if their services are no charge because they have to attend so many births to be certified?<br><br>
3) Any chance doula services are covered by insurance?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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doulas are covered or reimbursed by some insurances or HSA's. Many doulas today are getting provider #'s and then can file and reimburse you if paid...but most insurance just ignores the claims<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It's still always worth a try though.<br><br>
I would not limit yourself to DONA. Yes, they are the largest, but may also have the most diverse trainers. I have heard hard criticisms of them by people who have taken their courses (criticism rather I should say of their trainers, it is not difficult to become one of their trainers)<br>
Ask whatever questions come to mind. YOUR doula may not be great at interviewing or many not have attended 100 births--but she may be the perfect fit for you.<br><br>
Check out DOULAmatch.net, or one of the many other (dare I say more holistically minded?) training orgs for lists of new or newly certified doulas.<br><br>
Hang up a fl yer in a natural food store, post an ad on Craigs List or Kijjj. merchant-circle or try alldoulas.com listings for doulas. I have a search on my site, but I'm not going to get dinged for posting it here, so PM me if you want it (just a page of links to help you search for a doula in the USA)<br><br>
A newer doula may not have 25-100 births under her belt, but she is passionate, and working just for you.<br><br>
I'd find someone you genuinely LIKE someone who would would be comfortable with in your bathroom while you poop, and someone who doesn't annoy you--NO MATTER her training or credentials. Training and credentials matter for nil IMO, it's what she herself brings to the table.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Cost does not = worth
 

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I think a doula in training might be nice for you depending on your needs. I find that with more experience as a doula that I offer much more than a doula in training, especially to first time Moms. But if you are a second time Mom and don't need a lot of new ideas, just someone to soothe you, maybe massage, maybe a cold rag, some encouragement, then a doula in training could be the right person.<br><br>
Most new doulas are encouraged to charge "something" because we've found when we give services away for free many times they are to people who miss appointments, don't really value what they are getting. But a new doula may charge something relatively small like expenses only OR half what a certified/experienced doula might charge. If talking to a new doula, you might just ask what she charges. You don't need to ask her if she will do it for free/reduced because she is new....don't even need to broach the subject really. She'll give you her price.<br><br>
You might try calling a doula trainer or two in your area and ask them if they know anyone who might be willing to work for reduced prices that is still in training. They should be able to point you in the right direction.
 

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I would suggest checking into local birthy/parenting types groups like ICAN, LLL, AP groups, etc for doulas. I found my doula through my local ICAN group and I knew by the end of the first meeting that I wanted her for my doula. I really never "interviewed" her. I just knew she would be a good fit for what I was looking for in terms of labor support. For me, it was important that she be someone that my DH would respond to as well as someone I liked. My doula has four grown kids and has been doula-ing in some capacity (not always as busy as she is now) for 25+ years. She's been at my last two births (hospital VBAC and HBAC) and will be at this birth (probably another HBAC, but with insurance changes, I'm not 100% sure right now) as long as I don't go early. She'll be out of town in early April, so everyone please hope I don't go before April 11. LOL I have never tried for insurance reimbursement or asked about reduction of her fees, so I don't really have any advice for that.
 

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I will be my doulas 4th birth (unless she gets a Feb person like she was hoping) for that reason she is CHEAP. I just missed her being completely free. Her 1st 3 births were all free and thats how I found her, my friend responded to an ad in Craigslist where she asked for people who wouldnt mind if she attended their births as a trainee doula. My friend said she was amazing and nothing was too much trouble.<br><br>
At my 'Interview' with her, she basically answered all my questions even before I had the chance to ask any. She covered who would be her back-up, her costs, her services etc etc<br><br>
My one drawback is that she is young (probably around 22) and with her lack of experience that might worry me if it was my 1st baby, but my labor with DS was easy and uncomplicated and im hoping for the same again, really im viewing her as an extra pair of hands and someone to tell me to 'get a grip' as thats what I seemed to need last time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> also, last time DH kept falling asleep even as I moaned through contractions and puked in the trash can at home <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"> im hoping if this happens again she can be there...and be AWAKE <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Ohh - there's hope for insurance!! yay!!<br><br>
I did check a few different doula sites... I am interviewing one that a friend recommended, I contacted another that seems to be really involved locally, and then a 3rd then is in just the next town over that has only been in the biz for 1 yr but I thought the proximity would be really nice. Only the first has gotten back to me, and we are meeting on Monday - her offices are almost 1 hr away though *sigh*, but it is a big plus to be recommended to her!<br><br>
Unfortunately I don't have many local groups or even an local craigslist board - I live in very low population density, but the doula I am meeting Monday seems to be a trainer as well I think, so maybe she can also point me in a good direction - good idea!
 
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