Friday, January 23, 2009

Doula

You all are going to laugh at me. After all that fuss, I made a decision. I called one of my friends who had a doula at her birth in November, and she gave me the name of a doula she interviewed but did not use. This particular doula has been used by other women in my community, and her description seemed to be exactly what I wanted. So I set up an interview with her, which I knew would be my last. I would then make a decision to use her or pick between the other two. Just to give you an idea, here are her pros & cons.

Pros:
  • Relatively inexpensive ($750)

  • Came to interview well prepared with materials for me to read
  • Relatively close to my age (30's)
  • Somewhat experienced (~20 births over ~4 years)
  • Lactation counselor
  • Her voice is very relaxing
  • Has a detailed doula contract
  • Comes VERY highly recommended by a friend of mine who used her


  • Cons:
  • Only does 1-2 prenatal & 1 postpartum visit
  • Has never done a twin birth


  • So, what do you think? She a keeper or what? Well, it doesn't really matter because we already hired her. :-)
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