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December 9th, 2008, 08:26 AM
The Purple Butterfly's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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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!!
Stacey, wife to Allan & mom to:

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December 9th, 2008, 08:43 AM
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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.
Cheryl, mama to Noah Paul born 12/26/09, wife to wonderful hubby Rob
I am proudly a homebirthing, excluively breastfeeding from the tap, constantly babywearing, bed sharing, attached mama to a high needs baby. He is a part time diaper-free baby!

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December 9th, 2008, 12:32 PM
moon~maiden's Avatar Cheryl~ birth truster
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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, 05:30 PM
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Thanks for the info ladies!!
Stacey, wife to Allan & mom to:

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