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December 9th, 2008, 07:26 AM
The Purple Butterfly's Avatar Stacey
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Location: Atlanta, GA
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Are they worth it? Honestly. I am attempting VBA2C 100% natural. I did 100% natural with DS so I know that I am capable. My OB is extremely supportive.... so do I still need a doula? My DH will be my labor partner. I'm sure support in numbers can be most effective, but I don't want to spend the money if I can go without. TIA mamas!!
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Anastasia (13)- C/S 8lbs 7oz, 20.5"
Noah (11)- C/S 8lbs 12oz, 19"
Oliver (5)- VBA2C 7lbs 3oz, 19.5"

Baby Grayson born sleeping at 39w pg due to thrombophelia;
Protein S and Protein C deficient, Factor V Leiden , & MTHFR
(10/16/13)- 2VBA2C 9lbs 12oz, 22"

My Chart
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December 9th, 2008, 07:43 AM
DoulaMama's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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especially for a VBAC a doula is REALLY wonderful. Doulas lower rates of cesarean and other inteventions, as well as help families be happier with their birth outcomes. With a VBAC moms often have emotional issues come up, especialy in labor, even if you didn't expect them, and a doula can really help you get through that and keep you encouraged.

If I were you I would definatly spend the money- it will bump your chances of successfully VBACing sigfificantly, and if G-d forbid oyu do have a ceasrean for a reason you can trust that you did all you could have- as well as having someone to help you make informed decisions about allowing (or not allowing) interventions.

There are lots of other perks, depending on your specific doula, as well.
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December 9th, 2008, 11:32 AM
moon~maiden's Avatar Cheryl~ birth truster
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Location: south eastern Mass
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oh yes! First of all, your OB will only show up at the end. Hubbies can be great supports, but in a different way. Plus a doula would be supporting him as well. It's his birth too! Plus they can be a great buffer and/or protection from staff who may not be as supportive as your ob. There is a lot of pressure from insurance companies to go right to surgery at the sign of any issue to avoid being sued.

My doula was a lifesaver. Our nurse was awful!
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December 9th, 2008, 04:30 PM
The Purple Butterfly's Avatar Stacey
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Thanks for the info ladies!!
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Stacey, wife to Allan & Mom to:
Anastasia (13)- C/S 8lbs 7oz, 20.5"
Noah (11)- C/S 8lbs 12oz, 19"
Oliver (5)- VBA2C 7lbs 3oz, 19.5"

Baby Grayson born sleeping at 39w pg due to thrombophelia;
Protein S and Protein C deficient, Factor V Leiden , & MTHFR
(10/16/13)- 2VBA2C 9lbs 12oz, 22"

My Chart
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