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Natural/med-free birth without doula?

  1. bhbee

    cantaloupe / 6079 posts

    I've had two med free births, first with doula second we had one lined up but it went too fast. I was soooo thankful for our doula in the first because labor was so long. DH was great but he needed a backup too. I think I could have done it without the doula but she made it much better for both of us and was well worth it. Of course you need to really click with the doula too for that to happen. The hospital was open to us going med free and didn't push anything, but they also weren't in there supporting me, just showed up for Doppler checks and the end of pushing.

    Second time around, if you've done it once, id say skip because it is likely to be faster and easier. Honestly the biggest peace of mind it gave me for #2 was she would have stayed to watch #1 if our planned care couldn't get there in time.

  2. PawPrints

    pomegranate / 3658 posts

    We are almost done with our 12-week Bradley class and we're preparing for med-free with no doula. We'll deliver at a midwifery center, no OBs, so they are very accustomed to not offering pain meds, various pushing positions, etc. I would kind of love having a doula I think, but I just can't see spending that much money for something that only lasts a day or so (when the delivery is already going to be expensive). Doulas are very pricey here.

  3. ElbieKay

    pomegranate / 3226 posts

    @LindsayInNY: Tanya's class is eight weeks and located on the UWS.

  4. LindsayInNY

    bananas / 9229 posts

    @Greentea: That's what concerns me... I might wait and see how DH does with the classes first?

  5. CraftyMom13

    grape / 81 posts

    @LindsayInNY: I did but DH was very pro natural birth and I have a very personal relationship with my OB due to years medical issues. She knew what type of birth I wanted and made sure it happened. I also got lucky and my labor nurse had 3 med free births and helped DH know what to do. If I didn't have such a supportive OB and DH I would've hired a doula. I am currently going through Doula training. If you do not have a supportive team already lined up I would highly suggest hiring a doula but I do not think they are 100% needed if you already have a supportive team in place.

  6. Mama Bird

    pomegranate / 3127 posts

    I did, I have a friend who is a doula but she lives in another state so I just asked her for advice ahead of time. She just told me to focus on my breathing (they taught it in my hospital class and it was super helpful), and to stay home in the early stages if I can. The hospital I was at (Maimonides) is really supportive, so they had a yoga ball for me to sit on and encouraged me to move around if I wanted. And of course DH was there... that's the biggest reason it was so low stress. He was cool as a cucumber and was cracking me up the whole time, I just couldn't get stressed out

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