I'm on my 3rd birth, it'll be my first home birth but my 2nd med-free birth. I'm hiring a doula for a multitude of reasons. I think(know) I could do it without her, I did it with the other two lol.
I'm hiring a doula mostly for labor support, no matter what time of the day I go into labor. I want DH to either stay at work or get as much sleep as possible depending on the day/time I go into labor. If I go into labor during the day on a work day, I'd of course WANT my husband to get off work, but he has a busy job, and may possibly be over an hour away at another store if I go into labor on a Thursday. He works with a pretty understanding crew, so if he was in the store 10 minutes away, I bet they'd tell him to go home pronto, but you just never know! If it's in the middle of the night, I bet DH will be fast asleep(as will our kids), so I think it would be best if he just got his sleep until it was really close to pushing time. I really only care that he supports me during pushing.
If I go into labor and he comes home, is off, or just not tired and the kids are up, I want him to focus on their needs. Someone needs to tend to the kids, and I think they'd do better with dad than a stranger. There's the option of having them leave for labor/having someone come watch them, but that would entail they go with my MIL or my MIL comes to us, neither an option I want. I want the kids to be here for the birth as they want to be as well, and I don't want my MIL over while I'm in labor. Nice lady, but annoying lol. I don't even want the midwife really helping DH and I when I push the baby out unless there's a reason to, and my doula already said for the parts I want DH and not her, she'll gladly take over kid duty for a few especially since she'll be bringing her assistant. This works out great for me.
The ONLY part of having a doula I'm on the fence about is if I have to have a hospital transfer. My midwife and her assistant automatically become my doula, so idk if I'd really want the doula I'm hiring and her assistant, AND the midwives assistant all being my labor support there lol. I think that's borderline overkill lol. I'll probably discuss this issue with my doula tomorrow when we go over my birth plan. I think I'd ask for her assistant and the midwife assistant to leave in a transfer case. In the case of a c-section, I want someone with me in recovery, but I want DH with baby.. I just feel baby shouldn't be alone, so while I'd want him in recovery, I think it would be more beneficial that he's with our daughter and that I have a doula with me, and he has a doula with him to keep him calm and make sure DH doesn't let anyone hold that baby before me hahaha!