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Old 09-03-2013, 06:18 PM   #3
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Re: If my doula stands me up...

I ended up having to reschedule several antepartum appointments with my doula because she was attending births. As we all know, those things often can't be predicted and I understood that her actively laboring patients took precedent over me. If you are talking with doulas who make a business out of it and are in demand, it wouldn't surprise me that they might have to reschedule sometimes due to the nature of their practice. That said, I would ask prospective doulas whether they have a backup who will be there in case they aren't available. My doula ended up getting called to another birth while I was still in early labor, and her backup attended me. She ended up showing up for the last several hours of my labor, though (and the backup stayed too). It wasn't ideal, but at least I had an experienced attendant.
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