I stumbled across this website today and I am so excited about it.
There are many doulas out there looking for mothers to serve and finally there is a good way to connect the two.
In case you don’t know, a doula is a professional labor assistant. Usually a woman, a doula’s main role is to provide comfort and information to the laboring mother and her partner. A good doula is worth her weight in gold and sometimes seems to charge that much. Seriously in this part of the nation it is not uncommon for a doula fee to range from $300 to $700. Despite her value, that amount is often out of reach for some mothers-to-be, that is why I am so excited about bellywomen.net. Skimming through the listings I saw many “doula-in-training” posts. Each of the doula and child birth education certification organizations (DONA, CAPPA, ICEA, Birthworks…) require an applicant to attend a certain number of births as part of the certification process. This is very hard to do so trainees sometimes offer their services for free or at a greatly reduced price. While a doula-in-training will probably not have attended as many births as a certified doula she will still know far more about birth than the average mother and according to studies her mere presence will help your labor to go more smoothly.
I have tried to stay off my doula soapbox during this series because once I get up there I have a tendency to be pushy. At Sister’s Birth my doula was an anchor for both Will and myself and she was the inspiration for my own doula adventures. Because of that, I am convinced that every woman should have a doula even as I know that is not entirely realistic. Perhaps I should just share some doula resources and let you decide for yourself. :)
The Doula Book (a series of studies supporting doula care)