A friend of mine told me she's thinking about a UC for her third baby. She's not pregnant yet, just exploring her options. First two births were in a hospital with midwives and had no complications. She wanted to feel me out to see how I'd feel about possibly attending. She'd want me there as a doula only, not as a substitute midwife- she wants to truly birth on her own. I told her I wasn't sure. I support her right to make the choice to UC, but it's not something I would feel comfortable with for myself. I believe we evolved as a species to need some assistance with childbirth.
But it's not for me to decide whether UC is OK or not, the question is more what it means for a doula to attend a freebirth. I worry that if something were to go wrong I'd feel responsible. I don't even have neonatal CPR training yet.
Thoughts? I'd love to hear stories of your attending UC births, if you've done so.
OH and I did offer my friend this idea, that maybe she could find a newly-trained HB midwife who previously worked as a doula, someone who's on board with being extremely hands-off and just kind of being there in case of shoulder dystocia, cord prolapse, baby needing help after birth, etc.