My husband just got a job in Memphis so we will be moving from Chicago - huge change for us! I will be joining him mid-August. I am pregnant with our 2nd and due Oct. 22nd. I had a doula for our first and absolutely loved the experience (I think my husband loved it more than I did!). I had an OB and delivered in the hospital. Both were very accepting of my views and with having a doula present. I was positive for Group B Strep for my first pregnancy so I will need to have antibiotics during labor.
I have read quite a few threads and it sounds like hospitals in Memphis are very against doulas and midwives (my hospital in Chicago has a midwife group for those hesitant to deliver at home). Does anyone have referrals or suggestions in finding a doula? Also, does anyone know of hospitals that are open to having a doula present?
The doula practice we used in Chicago has a service where someone can watch older children while the parents are in labor. Does anyone know how to find this service? I am really concerned because we won't know anyone in the area and will need someone to watch our 2 year old during labor. The closest family we have is 12 hours away.
I appreciate any help/advise I can receive from other mothers.