Quoting nursemaya (13weeks):" I will be paying 300 for mine. If money is an issue, try finding a doula working on her certification. ... [snip!] ... You may want to talk to your delivering hospital - some are now offering doulas at no cost as apart of your labor experience."
Quoting fashionista♥ 33wks:" oh wow! that's great to know! I'll call tomorrow to find out. I thought it would be more like 1k so ... [snip!] ... so I also really need someone to help with the lactacting afterwards before I get discouraged .. Does a doula do that too?"the labor doula usually only stays for 2-3 hours after delivery and then does 1-2 PP visits a few days to a week after deliver. Relying on the labor doula to help you with breastfeeding would not probably help you much. there are PP doulas but they usually run $25/hr. I would suggest having a LC coming in daily in the hospital and then frequent outpatient LC visits. At most hospitals the nurses are well versed in helping with breastfeeding ( at least here they are). If you are really interested in an inexpensive doula and the hospital doesn't have one, contact DONA.org for a doula working on certification - it really is a good deal. Doulas really are a great asset - if you get a good one