Now you know a little bit about me and about doulas. If you are interested in learning more, feel free to give me a call (540) 330-5190 or you can email me at DoulaCindy@verizon.net .
It is a good idea to hire a doula before your last trimester. In fact, I suggest that you reserve your doula by the beginning of your 2nd trimester. By doing that you ensure that she will be available for you then and not put other things on her calendar. I am on call 24 hours a day for two weeks prior to your due date and 2 weeks after. Of course if you go earlier or later than that, that is fine. But for planning purposes I plan for basically a month around your due date. I will still accept new clients late in their 3rd trimester, as long as my schedule allows it.
I do have a back-up doula in the event I am sick or for some reason not able to attend your birth. All of my clients have the opportunity to meet the back-up doula in person or speak with her by phone. In the event that the back-up attends your birth, I will take care of the payment to her. There would not be any extra expense to you.
My standard fee is $800. I require a $400 deposit upon hiring and the remaining $400 by your 38th week of pregnancy. If money is a problem I can work with you on a different payment plan. Blessings to you!