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My_Tree_Grows 09-06-2012 09:21 PM

Canadian doula help
 
So the doula-in-training who I found via DONA was just hired last week by a large doula group. I didn't interview her until tonight. As a result, her fee has now jumped from $250 to $850. :dontlikeit:

Can anyone recommend websites for finding student doulas in Canada?

My_Tree_Grows 09-06-2012 10:14 PM

Re: Canadian doula help
 
Aha! Not to answer my own question, but I found 1 option via www.doulamatch.net, for anyone else who maybe looking. :) Still open to any suggestions any of you may have, too! We really can't afford this, but we can't emotionally afford more birth trauma either, so...

Blueberry32 09-07-2012 08:10 PM

I'm also looking for a student doula so thanks for the website! I'm hoping my midwives office has some names as well when I go on mon.

peaches330 09-08-2012 01:18 PM

Re: Canadian doula help
 
No suggestions here (sorry!), but really, $850 for a doula??? Is that normal for a non-student? (I've obviously never hired one so I'm genuinely curious). My midwife's fees for all prenatal care and my birth is $3500, so $850 for a doula seems insane to me.

My_Tree_Grows 09-08-2012 08:40 PM

Re: Canadian doula help
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by peaches330 (Post 15655590)
No suggestions here (sorry!), but really, $850 for a doula??? Is that normal for a non-student? (I've obviously never hired one so I'm genuinely curious). My midwife's fees for all prenatal care and my birth is $3500, so $850 for a doula seems insane to me.

It's a wide range, generally anything $600 or less is on the bargain side and more established doula groups (which provide additional visits, back up doulas, etc.) are closer to the $900 point.

Of course, our midwives are free, so it's not really a comparable market - covered health professionals versus luxury birth support. :)

quinnNjesse 09-14-2012 09:29 PM

Re: Canadian doula help
 
Yup, I've heard doula's in canada going for near $1000.

Blueberry32 09-15-2012 10:33 PM

We paid $500 for our last doula. In our area it seems $500-$850 is the norm. We are meeting with a student doula next week so I'm hoping that works out and she is either free or close to free.

My_Tree_Grows 09-23-2012 09:49 PM

Re: Canadian doula help
 
Found our doula! She's done her DONA certification and is only charging us food, materials and gas for the pre-natal, post-natal and birth! I find her so calming and empathetic, plus she researched Hypnobabies in advance of our interview (since I'll be her first mama to use hypnosis) and I really appreciate that level of enthusiasm and commitment. Just when I feared we wouldn't be able to afford support - voila! :happyclap:

What about you, Blueberry32, any progress?

quinnNjesse 09-24-2012 06:15 AM

Re: Canadian doula help
 
wow congrats!!!!

Blueberry32 09-24-2012 08:35 PM

Found a student doula who is only charging $100. She's nice so I'm hopeful. It's hard cuz our last doula was just so great and I had known her previously before she became our doula. But its just not in the budget right now.


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