i want a doula to be able to comfort me and be able to bring me back down to earth if i start to freak out and to remind me of what my wishes were. if i was in a hospital, i would want a doula to be able to fight for all my wishes since i wouldn't be able to (i would just end up smacking the dr or nurse, and then there's a lawsuit on my hands). if i'm at home, i want the support that my husband doesn't know how to give. you're a woman, and you know how to comfort me better during labor than my husband does. you've been there and he hasn't.
your going to have diff needs from every woman. also, they're going to be significantly diff when it is in diff settings. a woman in a hospital will need more from you (IMO) than a woman at home. in a hospital, you are fighting for the birth she wants. at home, you are helping her through the process and not having to fight at all.
also, CONGRATS!!! i too hope to become a doula one day.
at 2:55 PM on Aug. 7, 2009