I have a list of doulas my OB works with, but I'm wondering if we even need one. Worried it might be a bit of a "too many cooks in the kitchen" situation. Would love to hear from other NY mom's experience - and is there someone you would recommend? TIA!
The thing about a Doula is that it is someone who is guaranteed to be in the room with you, focused entirely on you, and knows exactly what is going on. If you are committed to a drug-free vaginal delivery using a wide range of birthing techniques, it is certainly something you should look into (it increases your statistical probability for this type of delivery). But, really, it only works if you are entirely comfortable with the person you've chosen and you're on the same page with her in terms of your birth plan, ideals, and if she's worked with your doctor and hospital/center before.
If it is something you're curious about, meet with a few of them, hear what they have to say, talk to your doctor, and decide with your partner/spouse if it is something you'd want. Check out www.dona.org for more information.
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Can you share the list?
I am trying to find one now! For my situation I think it is necessary, as my husband will be out of town, so I will be alone when I go into labor (and call him to fly in, and for my parents to come down from MA). I really need to have someone there with me!