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I'm 13 weeks now, and wondering when I should start looking. Can the doulas here tell me what week I should be before I start searching? I'm planning to look for a student doula (and is that what it's called?) because I know I can save a lot of money that way, which is a big consideration for me, so I'll probably need a little extra time.
 

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Now is good! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I've had people call me the minute they get a BFP, and people call two weeks before EDD. Availability all depends on the time of year, how many doulas are in your area, how many clients they take each month, etc.<br><br>
Good Luck!<br><br>
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I'm not a birth professional, but I can tell you that we started contacting potential doulas when I was around 3 months along, right after my first m/w appointment. We took a month to find the right one.
 

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Now is perfect. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I get most of my clients in the last trimester, when the rubber hits the proverbial birth road.
 

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I would start calling and interviewing now as you want to find someone that meshes well with your personality.<br><br>
Like a PP, I've had ladies call me when they're 9 weeks, and I just had a client that called me at 38 weeks!
 

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I would do now. Some doulas only take a few clients a month, so it's better to be early and have more options.
 
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