The question of whether or not to hire a professional doula for our upcoming birth should have been an easy one. I am, after all, a doula myself, so it’s a no brainer, right?
There are a lot of things to consider when hiring a doula – where you plan to deliver, your relationship with your caregiver, your anticipated emotional needs, the make-up of the rest of your birth team, and, for many people, budget.
Our plans for this pregnancy are to birth at home again. Our daughter, Poppy, was born at home in late 2009 with the help of a Certified Nurse Midwife who has since become a friend as well as my boss. Having already birthed one baby, I’m less nervous about the whole thing this time around, and I still have the most supportive birth partner/husband a woman could ask for. I have full trust in the caregivers who will attend our actual delivery, will (as long as things go according to plan) labor and birth in the comfort of my home, and, so far, am experiencing a completely healthy, normal pregnancy.
So why would we feel the need to hire extra support?