So I posted about this in the 2nd trimester thing, cause I just figured since that was where I was at maybe I should post there (17 weeks today!) but then realized maybe I should post it somewhere else, and I saw another one on here from a while back asking if she should get a doula for a natural birth, so thought maybe this would be the best area for it.
Now- I honesty plan on getting an epidural. I think it's awesome when people can do it naturally, but I know myself too well to go into it thinking I can do it without pain medication. I do plan on waiting for 3-4 CM along until I get the epidural though, as I've heard that if you get it beforehand there is higher risk of needing a C-Section.
I know people say Doula's help out wonderfully with natural births without pain medication, or if they don't have a good support system. My sister is actually a doula (though she will have a 5-6 month old by the time I'm having mine, so she'll be a bit preoccupied
) and I found one that is $400 and lives in the town we plan on having our baby. My husband said no at first- because of money reasons, but I think we can swing it if I break it down for him. (My parents said they would go in on it for my Christmas present, we get some money from his grandma, etc) BUT I didnt know if it would be wise right now anyways
I do plan on having an epidural, so I would only need the distractions and pain exercises when it starts and not when it gets more. And I have an awesome support system. My husband will be able to get out of work and be there the whole time for me, so he will be there. My parents live 15 minutes away and plan on being there as well, and they are great, not pushy and will respect any decision that I make and stay out of the way of the doctors. His parents live 25 minutes away and will probably come up to be close by as well, and my sister and his one sister might be coming up. So I know I have a lot of support, and since I don't plan on going pain medication free, is it still worth it to go for a doula? Or would it be wiser to save our money for other baby stuff we don't get at the shower? I think I'm leaning more towards no right now, but wanted to do more research into it before I decided.