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December 12th, 2008, 07:46 AM
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of course it's your choice. In my case, my doula saved me from total insanity. We got to know her well, we took our childbirth ed classes with her in her home. She wasn't a stranger at all to us by the birth. And she knew exactly what to do when my back spasms were too much to handle. Our nurse was awful. I concentrated 100% on my doula. The midwife only showed up for the pushing. And it ended up being the one of the 4 I never met before.

So to me, our doula was the one caretaker that wasn't a stranger. My husband was great, but he has never been through labor before, he isn't trained in supporting someone in birth. It's a whole different thing.

just my opinion!
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