She was prepared to help me and make suggestions
She was a neutral party
She upheld my wishes in my birth plan and was my advocate
She was encouraging
I could go on.
It cost, but hey, it was worth it.
I was in a hospital so that is why I got a doula. If I had a home birth I would not have one.
Our L&D nurse phoned in a doula to help us out during the last part of my VBAC. This doula came in like the Lone Ranger and rallied us and gave us the push we needed to get through the last few hours. (I say "us" because she helped DH just as much as she helped me. And we both needed a lot of help!)
Yes, I did. The pros are too many to list. The cons... the only con I can think of was the price. The going rate is pretty high here in Sydney. There won't be a next time.
I'm so glad I had one, because she was there as a professional who could reassure me that I was making the best choice in the best interest of my daughter and myself, when things started to go badly and not according to plan.
I haven't had one previously but this time we are getting one. I just finished consulting with a couple and found one I real clicked with. Having a UC this time around, I want someone who is focused on my needs while my husband deals with our other children and anything medical for me or the new baby.
Little one is due in 5 weeks so I'll know more afterward. :-)
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