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My husband was present at three of the births, but the other two I did on my own...I didn't feel having anyone else there to be necessary. However, my labor (since my first delivery) usually only lasts a couple of hours, so I can see how other moms who have longer labors would need assistance.
Mom to Krista (16), Kira (7), Abby (6), Thomas (5), Jacob (3), Maggie (1), and expecting baby Sammy on November 3, 2010!
i didnt have a doula with brylie and wish that I did. 20 hours of pitocin did a number on my poor husband..but he did great! he stayed by my side and helped me get the birth i wanted...but the next day in post partum he said, "Find a doula next time! I love you but I'm pretty sure you were trying to kill me"
so we have a doula this time and I'm super excited!
40+5 and counting
Momma to Brylie, Hunter and K3 on the way! Due 12/4/13
I didn't have a doula with any of my births, but my husband was there for all of them. I don't think I'd deal very well with someone who wasn't my husband trying to talk to me or touch me while I was in that much pain... I couldn't even handle my mom rubbing my back (she's a massage therapist) or her trying to help me breathe through the contractions.
__________________ Andrea, Mama to.. Noah (2006), Nickolas (2007), Alyzabeth (2008), and Savannah (2010)
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No and I honestly probably would not want one either. It wouldn't be a good fit for me, DH was all I ever wanted. My mom and MIL was there for baby #1 for very last part of delivery and other births it's just been me and DH for entire labour and delivery. (well one nurse and my Dr at the very end although he barely made it this last time)
Bev - Mommy of Madilyn (8), Owen (6), and Isobel (2)
No. Just DH, the midwife, and me. Next time, since my labors have been pretty easy and uneventful, I'm thinking of having the moms in with me if they want, but I haven't really decided yet.
I've never really felt like I needed more support during labor...the midwife stays with me from 6cm on, and DH is there from the first contraction. Labor has always been...I dunno, easy for me. I went into it knowing it was going to hurt, and just dealt with it one contraction at a time.
Sara's beautiful children: Cassidy (5y) and Joel (3y 4m) and Timothy (almost 8 months)
Yes, I know I need a new picture .
I did not with my first. I thought about getting one for this baby, but decided against it... I emailed a couple and didn't really get a good impression from them. Plus, it's a lot of money.
I did switch to a midwife this time though, and from what I understand she spends a lot more time with you than an OB. That doesn't really matter though. It's the nurses that make or break your stay......so hopefully I get some good nurses again this time.