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August 21st, 2013, 08:58 AM
melissalaw's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Is anybody planning on using a Doula or a Labor Coach? I had a terrible experience with my epidural last time so I am refusing to get another one, but I'm scared about a medicine free labor. So I was thinking about hiring one and just wondering if anybody else is planning on using one or thinking about using one.

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August 21st, 2013, 09:04 AM
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I was curious about one too. I'm just not sure exactly what they can do that's different from my midwife, nurse and hubby. I'd love to hear opinions too.
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August 21st, 2013, 09:25 AM
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Would love one if we could afford it. But truthfully I'd hire a birth photographer before I'd hire a doula. I really want some pictures of things as they happen.

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August 21st, 2013, 10:13 AM
NewGurl's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Im also strongly considering one but a little hung up on the price, the going rate around here is about 650. that is literately how much im spending on the double stroller (229) infant car seat (89) pack n play(170) and ergo (135) im planing to get.

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August 21st, 2013, 10:17 AM
melaniek85's Avatar Frankie and Ronin's mommy
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I'm having a c section, so I won't be using one. If I could do a vbac, I'd look into using one. I wonder if my birth with Frankie would have went differently if I used one. I am looking into training to become a massage doula after I have this baby though.
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August 21st, 2013, 10:31 AM
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I am very much going to get a doula. I am hoping for a natural VBAC birth. From what I have researched, they are really there to offer support both to you and your hubs. They are also there to be a go between you and the hospital staff. Kinda like another advocate because they really know what you and your spouse want. the doula doesn't leave your side and is with you during the whole birth process and can give you the individual one on one time you need. While the hospital staff is there to attend to you they just don't have the time to give you the individual time you may crave as they are busy. They try hard to help you get the birth experience you are wanting. They are good at offering suggestions on positions to while you are in labor to help you cope with the labor. Usually they see you a couple months prior to having baby, follow up with you until you have baby, and then do a follow up visit with you after you have baby.
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August 21st, 2013, 11:07 AM
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I thought about getting one but the hospital I'm delivering at is absolutely wonderful. All of their active labor nurses are doulas so we have no need for one. I have to drive out of the way about half an hour to get to the one I'm going to, but it's so worth it. I had my son there and I didn't have to ask for anytging. I never went more than 20minutes without being checked on after 3cm. I think if you feel like you need or want that extra bit it can be a relief especially for first time moms, but I also think if you have an uncomplicated pregnancy, you don't really need need it if that makes sense.
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