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August 22nd, 2013, 11:08 PM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Pacific NW
I think doulas are a great addition to having your husband be your support. A doula can also coach a husband on what he can do to help support his wife. Most men need a little help with that. Plus it can be helpful to have a detached third party to help keep you calm, and they go through lots of training and have lots of tricks up their sleeve to help get you through the pain. Hubbies, while sympathetic to our pain, don't have that training under their belt.
That said--Amy, I did it without a doula and I really didn't miss her. I felt fine doing it on my own and it went well. Sure, it was extremely painful but it wasn't to the point where I couldn't stand it or couldn't handle it. I was able to stay in control and get through it.
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