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Old 11-15-2012, 02:55 PM   #32
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Re: Tell Me About Doulas

Having a doula is amazing! Especially when laboring at home. She is trained to know tons of distraction techniques, recognize signs of problems, and can really help in knowing when to go into the birth center or hospital. She knows what you want in your birth plan and can stand up for that when medical staff is unsupportive. But what we loved most about having a doula was it allowed my husband to focus on me while she timed contractions and kept track of things. It was also nice having an extra set of hands for positioning and even for phone calls. Another great thing about an actual doula vs a family member is they are often allowed to go into the operating room with mom during a c-sect and can offer huge support for mom before dad is allowed to enter. They are not meant to read strips or watch monitors but to help mom and dad through the labor process!
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