Re: If you want/have a doula
I've never had a certified doula. Personally, it's more about the person, the connection, and the knowledge that person has.
Offering my perspective as a student - I am enrolled in classes at Childbirth International for childbirth education, and I've had a wonderful experience thus far! I've been enrolled for about a year. It's a lot more straightforward and not as time consuming as dona since you don't have to complete as much out of home work. If I remember correctly, it's also cheaper. I highly recommend checking into them.
K&K My little firecracker
Lennon 10.09, crying before he fully emerged
and My little sweetheart
Indi 6.12, born smiling