giving birth

@kiah25 (128)
United States
November 27, 2006 9:54am CST
Have any of you had any experience with a birth coach, doula, or midwife? If so please describe it for me. I am thinking about pursuing a career as a doula, and am interested in using a midwife when my husband and I do become pregnant.
7 responses
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
28 Nov 06
Check out Auntie Natal 911 http://www.auntienatal911.com and get back to me.
@kiah25 (128)
• United States
30 Nov 06
great website...i've also checked out your myspace pagea nd asked to be added as a friend. I'm trying to study to become a doula my self
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Thank you! Who are you studying with?
@kiah25 (128)
• United States
6 Dec 06
At this point I'm doing the book reading with the assistance of a localdoulain my area. I'm hoping by early spring I will have the money toa take the classes. I'm not in ahuge hurry to get it all done. My huband of 7 months and I want to start trying to have a baby ourselves in the spring too and that might interfere somewhat with the whole certificatio process. We'll see.
• United States
30 Nov 06
i have not done this but I really wish that I went this route with my first child. I think if I had I wouldnt have had to get c sections.
@kiah25 (128)
• United States
30 Nov 06
they say the having a doula or midwife, or both really does make a difference in the cesarian rate.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Yes, one on one care from a well trained, experienced Doula, enhances a mom's subjective experience of birthing, and lessens the rate of interventions!
• United States
10 Dec 06
I have a midwife. I love having a midwife. She was there during my whole labor and came to check on me during the day after I had the baby and she was my friend during both of my pregnancy. It is much better than having a doctor that delivers then walks away without even talking to you.
@kiah25 (128)
• United States
11 Dec 06
That is what I am hoping to do, but I also plan to try to have a doula, because I have a feeling that while my husband will be great when the time comes, I feel like both of us will appreciate the constant support of a Doula too.
• Ireland
9 Dec 06
I too am interested. I had never heard of a Doula until now.
@kiah25 (128)
• United States
11 Dec 06
You should look into it. They are great from what I understand.
• Australia
27 Oct 10
As a childbirth educator I can't recommend the importance of doulas enough. Particulaly for women birthing their first baby in a hospital. I don't have any personal experiencing with having a doula attend any of my births because I birth too quickly for them to be able to make it. I hired a doula (for our planned homebirth), as a birth support person for my first son (who was 16months at the time of his brother birth) but we didn't end up calling her because I was in denial I was in labour and I didn't think they were needed. I would love to be a doula, but as it would be too emotionally taxing on myself to support women in hospital, I would love to support more women postnatally though.
• United States
19 Dec 06
I have had experience with using a midwife, actually two of them. One was really great, and the other I am still a little wary of. She is just different, not what I am used to. My first midwife was wonderful with many, many years of experience and expertise. She now runs her own birthing center with about 15-20 births a month. Before you get a midwife or doula, make sure to do your research on them and ask every question you can think of. The number one thing I wanted was someone who was caring, understanding, and friendly!
• India
1 Dec 06
no i have no experience about this