Hiring a Doula?
How do you find a doula? I looked on doulamatch.net but only found one possible candidate who might fit our needs (and our budget) and google is a bust. I keep finding websites on "what a doula is or what a doula does" rather than actual doula services. I sent an inquiry into the one lady and am waiting to hear back.
Also, when you meet with a doula (basically the interview), what type of questions did you ask? I have a handful of questions prepared based on my needs: VBAC experience, helping with older siblings, fees but that's about it. I'm not really worried about postpartum or prenatal care, my husband will be off work for four weeks after the baby's birth and I've scheduled all my doctor's appointments on my husband's days off (Thursdays & Fridays), so I have a great support system there. My primary concern is help during the labor and help with my son.
Many people suggested getting a Doula in training, since they are free, but so far all the doulas-in-training I've located seem to charge more than certified Doulas.