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Does anyone know where to find a free Doula?

I am going in trying a VBAC. Apparently I was completely uneducated the first time around and had to end up with a C-Section. I was so mad when I found out theres ways to prevent a c-section, such as not allowing them to strap you to a bed with all their equip for 26 hours!!!! Anyway i cant afford a doula, but I have heard that a unregistered or uncertified doulas looking for certification need experiance there fore offering their services for free. I just have no idea how to find one. The only ones you can find online are the ones that charge. Im at a dead end. help!

Austin (area), TX

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:16 PM on Nov. 25, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • Wow I'd be interested in knowing too. I had a doula with my 1st, didn't need one after that I knew much more subsequent times around, but it would be nice to recommend to younger friends.

    Answer by missanc at 9:18 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

  • Is it possible that an Aunt your Mom or a sister could help you?

    Answer by justluvinmyson at 9:18 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

  • I wish I had a family member up for the job. Unfortunetly they're just as uneduacated as I am.A couple of years ago I actually had a certified Doula reccommend this to me and give me a list of free doulas in the area and unfortunetly i no longer have it. I talkd with a labor nurse the day and she recommended the same thing to me, but didnt know how to get in touch with one. So its back to square one!

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:25 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

  • Look on the DONA website. It's specially for doulas. You might try ICAN as well. Good job trying for a VBAC!

    Answer by SaraP1989 at 9:35 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

  • Oh and most doulas will work with you on the cost. Either lowering it or letting you make payments or forgetting about it all together. The one I looked into was $250

    Answer by SaraP1989 at 9:36 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

  • Here you go sweetheart! Contact DONA. They should be able to put you in contact with someone who needs some experience under their belt to be licensed! I wish you the best.

    Answer by SterlingLegend at 9:47 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

  • If you find a doula, chances are good that she will offer a sliding-scale fee to a mom who asks for help. She's likely to have some referrals for other doulas that can provide reduced rates or free services. And they will probably know who is in-training, getting certified, too.
    I have a list that you can investigate, too!

    Answer by doulala at 10:11 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

  • doulala

    Answer by doulala at 10:13 PM on Nov. 25, 2009


    ICAN is another good searching point.

    Answer by asaffell at 12:43 AM on Nov. 26, 2009

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