Here's an article I came across that helps explain the value of having your own personally trained support advocate in your ring at birth, helping you AND dad!
Why a Doula is Worth Every Penny
July 19, 2012 By admin by Adriana Lozada, CD, CPB, CGP
"Consumer Reports recently came out with a list of “10 Things You Should do During Your Pregnancy”. Number 8 was “Get Labor Support” with the most effective labor support coming from “someone who is not a member of the hospital staff and is not in your social network”, i.e. a doula. Interestingly, of the other 9, most were things that moms will automatically get help with by having a doula: (2) make a plan and have a backup; (4) reduce the risk of an early delivery; (5) ask if a breech baby can be turned; (6) stay at home during early labor; (7) be patient; (9) listen to yourself; and (10) touch your newborn.
Edited by DoulaGinny - 9/5/12 at 8:28pm