1. Trade or barter. Can you give piano lessons? Spanish lessons? Childcare? Do you have a garden or chickens? Find a way to trade services.
2. Are you having a baby shower? Many women these days as they read the studies and realize how much better their births can be with a doula, are asking for funds for a doula as a shower gift. Put up a "money tree" at your shower. It will be worth it in the end. The cute clothes that are worn once will end up in the thrift store one day , but a your birth experience will stay with you forever.
3. Talk to a doula! Many have flexible fees, and many take credit cards. I personally not only flex my fees sometimes, I do payment plans. Do you want to split it into 4 payments? That may work.
4. Insurance, yes, you read right. More and more insurance companies are covering doulas. Check into it!
Please, if you came to my site and want a doula, but just can't imagine having the money to do so. Talk to me. We can probably figure something out.