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April 18th, 2012, 06:57 PM
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Have you considered classes and a student doula? You can often find a student doula or a new doula who is trained and working towards certification, who is willing to work for a discount or FREE.

If that doesn't sound good, I'd say it really depends on your needs so it's hard to say which one would be better for you. Seeing that you will be in a birth center, you won't need an advocate to achieve a natural birth as much as you would in a hospital. Do you need any other types of support? Do you feel what you are lacking most is information? Do you feel you might need a guide during the process, or do you just need to understand the process and procedures a little better? These things might help you decide which one might be best for your situation.

Also, a good doula will never take the place of your primary support person. A good doula will be a great support for your husband and help them feel more confident about their role during the birth as well. It sounds like you should look up some doulas in your area and you might benefit from doing a few consultations. A good doula will also help you figure out which one you need better: a doula or childbirth education.
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