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Old 09-27-2009, 07:47 PM   #11
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Tryin, since you won't be having any other support person present I think you should go with a more experienced doula. I have absolutely nothing against uncertified/training doulas, but since you would be this woman's first birth that is a LOT. I was a mess at the first birth I attended as a doula--I felt very overwhelmed and lost. I feel much more confident and knowledgeable now. Also IMO (I don't know if Jena feels the same) $200 is a lot to charge for a first birth, unless she already has been to a lot of friend's births as an "unofficial" doula. I think you could ask the other doula if you could work out some arrangement--I have a set price of $400 right now (based on my experience level), but if I had a client come to me with special circumstances and ask if some arrangement could be made (either a longer payment plan or a discount) I would not be offended. GL mama!

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Old 09-27-2009, 09:28 PM   #12
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Okay great news! I spoke to the experienced doula and she said that she wanted me to tutor her DD in exchange for $400. I only hope I can do a great job because I've never worked with her age group before. So, I'll only be paying $200.

Now to break the news to the other doula. I feel sad because she still needs to get her 3 births in. I was hoping to help with that but I agree with the points you all have made about the other doula being the best for me.

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Old 09-28-2009, 07:25 AM   #13
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Wow tryin way to go an experienced doula for 200 bucks wooo hoo. How long do you have to tutor her and what subject? Make sure it is in your contract as well that you will be tutoring for a 400 fee reduction. I'm glad you choose the more experienced one! The other ones price was great I probably would have said for myself heck ya! But my dh will be there also. So diffrent circumstances. I hope that everything works out ok!
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:41 PM   #14
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Thank you all for your replies. I was thinking of asking the doula if she would lower her fee, but didn't want to offend her. I did speak to another doula today over the phone who lowered her fee from $600 to $400. She also will not provide transportation.

If I have doula drive my car, what if I have a c-section and then cannot drive myself home? That was one of my concerns about driving myself.

Jena- would you be offended if you stated your fee and a potential client asked for a reduced rate especially considering you are providing transport which I'm sure is not a usual part of your services? I did just read online that she will discount $50 if visits are held at her office instead of my home. I would love it if she could reduce by $100 at least.
No I would not be offended at all. I am a doula because I love it. Most doulas really don't do it for the money, KWIM?
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Okay great news! I spoke to the experienced doula and she said that she wanted me to tutor her DD in exchange for $400. I only hope I can do a great job because I've never worked with her age group before. So, I'll only be paying $200.

Now to break the news to the other doula. I feel sad because she still needs to get her 3 births in. I was hoping to help with that but I agree with the points you all have made about the other doula being the best for me.

Thanks!
Yay! Good! Don't feel bad telling the other doula. She can probably find her 3 births pretty easily.
Melanie, I agree that $200 is a little steep for her very first birth.
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