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August 23rd, 2010, 01:35 PM
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I'm trying to decide if we want to use a doula or not. The midwife is pretty much with you the whole time you're in labor, unless you specifically ask for alone time. But I'm still debating on a doula. I mean, an extra pair of hands can't hurt, right? And maybe she would be useful while laboring at home, etc.? I just don't want to spend a lot of money (they are around $500-600 here I think) and not REALLY need her.

What do you guys think?
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August 23rd, 2010, 02:32 PM
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I would do it. I wish I had gotten a doula for Kya's birth. In fact a couple weeks before she was born I had panic attacks about it but didn't listen to my instincts. My midwife was great, but she had a lot to do setting up her stuff and wasn't able to be 100% with ME like I needed.
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August 23rd, 2010, 05:46 PM
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My midwife spent a large portion of my labor fighting with nurses and the OB trying to get permission to set up a birth pool for me (one elevated bp reading upon arrival). I was glad to have my doula present. She paced with me, helped me go to the bathroom, and prepared a large bucket of cold wash clothes for pushing. Worth a million bucks!
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August 23rd, 2010, 06:27 PM
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August 23rd, 2010, 06:30 PM
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My mom will be there. However, I hear the a Doula can really help DH/Dad cope and give him suggestions of things to do, etc. I have heard rave reviews about doulas from dads. I'm hoping someone will tell my DH what to do if it looks like he's feeling uncomfortable or in the way!
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August 24th, 2010, 07:29 AM
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I am definitely using a doula and MW this time (we decided to use a doula even before we decided to use a MW). I did not have one last time, and even with my husband and mother there, is analysing what worked and what we could have done better we thought a doula would be really helpful, especially post patum when everyone is (as they should be) concerned with the baby, it is nice to have someone for you to help cleaning yourself, up, showering, etc...
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August 24th, 2010, 08:03 AM
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I have never used one and I've been perfectly happy with that. But I guess in my situation my mom was the doula kind of. She has been a labor coach for several people including me with my first. She was a definite support for DH this time around. He was busy timing contractions trying to figure out when to call the MW to come (he was pretty stressed about this )and she was able to do other things like set up the bed, draw a bath, call his parents.
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August 24th, 2010, 01:14 PM
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I am using a doula. I also have a midwife, but there is no guarantee she won't have another patient in labor, get pulled from my room, whatever, and I like the security that a doula will be there the ENTIRE time 100% just for me. DH melts when I am in labor so I need a doula
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August 24th, 2010, 03:13 PM
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I think I'll meet with a few and see how it goes from there!
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