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Is it generally the case that doulas cannot take on clients in December?

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MissKubelik Wed 09-Jul-08 17:19:56

I am due in early December and have been considering a VBAC, following a traumatic first labour ending in an emergency section. The only way I think I will have confidence to go through with this is if I have an experienced doula with me during all the midwife shift changes to look after and support me and DH.

I have so far contacted three doulas and none of them can take me on in December, due to other commitments. Is this generally the case across the board? Should I carry on looking or just book the elective c-section now?

Feeling very disheartened about all this... sad

MKG Wed 09-Jul-08 17:41:34

bumping for you

Are they booked, or are they just not taking clients? Some may not want to be on call during the Holidays.

MKG Wed 09-Jul-08 17:42:25

Sorry missed the early December. Keep looking though.

MissingMyHeels Wed 09-Jul-08 17:43:21

Keep trying! Am sure some doulas will see it as a great opportunity to get some cash for xmas pressies.

Where are you? Maybe someone on here can help/recommend.

MissKubelik Wed 09-Jul-08 17:44:32

they're just not taking on clients, because they have other things going on in the run-up to Christmas. Which is completely understandable of course..... I'm just feeling fed up about it all. We were TTC for over a year before I got pregnant, if I could have planned this baby's due date it would not have been in December!

MissKubelik Wed 09-Jul-08 17:46:54

am in SE London, will probably be having baby at PRUH in Farnborough.

MissingMyHeels Wed 09-Jul-08 19:48:51

Presume you're using the Doula UK website?

Bump for you

hertsnessex Thu 10-Jul-08 14:42:21

Take a look at find a doula.

Things do get booked up and some doulas won't take on clients incase they give birth xmas day - when they want to spend time with their families.

i had a lady due xmas day last yr - she gave birth 9 days early!

Maria2007 Thu 10-Jul-08 18:23:08

I also have been working with a doula (am due to give birth in the next 2-3 weeks) & I had a lot of trouble finding one- plus, it's also very important you find someone you like- because I was due early august. Which is also a very hard time, as I presume December is. Keep looking! I sent many many emails before finding the doula I'm working in, so it's definitely the case that you have to be persistent.

TheProvincialLady Thu 10-Jul-08 18:30:06

I have just had an email confirming that the lady I asked to be my doula can do it - and she can (due date is 22nd December). TBH though if I gave birth on Christmas day I wouldn't expect her to leave her husband and children.

Anyway, what I am saying is don't give up hope.

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