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Labor experience with doula or Midwife hired as doula?

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Hi everyone.  I'm pretty new on here but have already come to love and appreciate all of you and the great advice and support I have received simply by reading your experiences.  It is always nice to know you are not alone hug2.gifor maybe educate yourself on a viewpoint different than your own  (Please excuse my mushy moment of gratitude, just had to be said).

 

That being said maybe you all can help me out...

 

I will be a VBAC mom in Metro Detroit who was is planning on delivering in the hospital but is becoming increasingly scared on what that experience may/will be (the culture is not very natural birth friendly and I am always being reminded I can schedule a RCS "no problem").  I cannot afford a homebirth with a midwife, however I know I will have the support of a doula/BP just have not found the right person yet.  My question is...

 

in anyone's experience, are there any doulas/montrices out there who were willing to labor at home with you until the latest possible time (I'm talking close to right before wanting to push)?  

 

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has anyone had experience hiring a midwife as a doula with the understanding the actual delivery would occur in the hospital?

 

I appreciate any response or referral.   

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I should add that I live 3 miles from the hospital and while I don't like the culture of the hospital, with the right support I have no problem delivering there.  I just figure the closer I am to actual delivery the less time available for hospital intervention that I do not want.  With my first pregnancy I made the mistake of going into the hospital the minute my water broke even though I was barely in labor because that is what I was told I "had to do" by my OB at the time.  I feel simply because of this my husband and I fought every step of the way to have the most natural childbirth and would lose battle after battle on even the most simplest of things. In the end I ended up with a C/S which I have to believe was best for my child but after educating myself and hearing from so many women in similar positions as mine in the back of my head I will always wonder was this C/S necessary.  I just want to be as educated, supported and empowered as I can be this time around.  I'm sorry for the rant, just wanted you all to know where a little where I was coming from.  

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