We're planning on a birth center birth for our second baby in May (midwives, not a center in a hospital). We planned that for my daughter as well, but ended up transferring after 12 hours there, lots and lots of back labor, and no sleep so I could get an epi and sleep enough to push. Not what I had wanted, but did not end in C-section, and for that I'm grateful! We ended up getting a doula when we transferred, which was nice just to have the support, but was not someone we had met or interviewed at all before.
We're now thinking about all the options for this time, and wondering if it makes sense to have an on-call doula (a bit cheaper than hiring a doula up front) if a transfer were required again (I'm hoping, trying to be optimistic, it will not!), or to just hire a doula and do the interviews/selection/meetings and have her there along with the midwife, or to just have the midwife and skip the doula.
Any thoughts? Have you had a midwife/birth center birth, with or without a doula as well?
The midwives are there for the whole time, though can change during the course of labor as their on-call status changes, but not necessarily right with you the whole time. They might have a second mom in labor at the same time.
Thanks for any thoughts!