My doula was for my 2nd birth....before I became a doula myself. And, in retrospect, no, she wasn't what I would have expected her to be. My husband will tell you she was "worthless" (and my friends will tell you she was downright mean to them). Me? I'm tepid, I guess, about her services. Seeing how I work with women now is totally different than what she offered me. But, that's the point, I guess, of having options, no?