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February 18th, 2013, 10:15 AM
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Is anyone looking in to hiring a doula? I'm thinking about it since I really want a VBAC and would like to avoid some of the unnecessary medical interventions-- mainly pitocin. My friend used one recently and recommended her. I also found one that did a VBAC herself and I really liked her blog. We'll see what comes of it!
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February 18th, 2013, 11:20 AM
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Nope, but I honestly want to study to be one!
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February 18th, 2013, 11:24 AM
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I plan on meeting with one in my area - I like the idea of somebody knowing what to do to help me get through it and help out my DH and give gentle instructions since neither of us know what we are doing!
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February 18th, 2013, 11:48 AM
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I think I want one this time
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February 18th, 2013, 04:00 PM
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I think being a doula would be really neat too drewbears!
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February 18th, 2013, 04:21 PM
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Omg, get one! It's amazing. Totally worth the cost.

My husband is not great in emergencies or situations where I'm feeling very sick or miserable. Our doula gave him lots of helpful tips during labor, like she'd quietly suggest to him he could rub my feet, or show him where to rub my back. Or when he'd get tired, shed rub my feet or back. She reminded me to drink every twenty minutes, and to move around. My hospital had wonderful nurses, but they were really short staffed- it was so nice to have someone who was there just for me, who could run and put my heated pad in the microwave yet again, or to literally hang off of during bad contractions. She knew exactly what to say to help me get through the pushing, and just having someone calm and authoritative who seemed to know what was going on really helped me get through labor.
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February 18th, 2013, 04:22 PM
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I've thought about it! I need to talk to DH about the idea. We've never used one before.
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February 18th, 2013, 04:48 PM
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I am in the middle of training to be a doula. It is amazing work. I don't know if I'll have someone, I am on the fence. It would help, but we also have to be thrifty. I also have, in my past labors, secluded myself anyway, didn't even want DH with me, so I am not sure I would even want a doula with me. Something I am pondering.
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February 18th, 2013, 05:13 PM
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I am in the middle of training to be a doula. It is amazing work. I don't know if I'll have someone, I am on the fence. It would help, but we also have to be thrifty. I also have, in my past labors, secluded myself anyway, didn't even want DH with me, so I am not sure I would even want a doula with me. Something I am pondering.
If you wanted to be thrifty, could you find someone else in your training classes/group that would be willing to help out at your birth? Would give them valuable experience, and you could have a helping hand at a much cheaper price?
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February 18th, 2013, 06:00 PM
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I had one my last pregnancy and I won't give birth without her now lol. She was AMAZING!!!!!!!! I'm calling her this week to make sure she'll be available for my birth.
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February 18th, 2013, 07:09 PM
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I had one with my last baby who was a VBA2C and she was worth her weight in gold!!! Def using her this time, too.
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February 18th, 2013, 07:16 PM
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If you wanted to be thrifty, could you find someone else in your training classes/group that would be willing to help out at your birth? Would give them valuable experience, and you could have a helping hand at a much cheaper price?
I'm aware that it is an option
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February 18th, 2013, 07:20 PM
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what is the difference between a midwife and a doula?
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February 18th, 2013, 07:22 PM
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I'm not using one because hubby and I took Bradley method classes last year and he was great during the birth of #1 but I highly recommend doulas!!
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February 18th, 2013, 09:28 PM
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There is a doula down the road from me. I have contacted her, but she hasn't replied yet. Epidurals don't work on me so I'd prefer to not give birth on pitocin. Not knocking it, but if you can't use the whole system, it really sucks! You need an epidural with pitocin for sure!
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February 19th, 2013, 05:49 AM
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I'm considering it. There are a couple that are associated with the midwife practice who I will be delivering with. My cousin in Idaho is also studying to be one and is considering flying to Hawaii for the birth to help me out and be my doula...that would be cool.
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February 19th, 2013, 06:24 AM
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what is the difference between a midwife and a doula?
A midwife actually delivers the baby and is responsible for all the prenatal care. A doula is all about the support of the mother during the labor. Like a birthing coach.
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