Who is having a doula??
I'm having a homebirth with a midwife and her daughter who is acting as assistant.. so I don't think i will need one, provided my husband gets on it and gets serious about childbirth education and what he needs to do to support me.
Are doulas at homebirths extraneous?? I totally see their worth in a hospital/birth center type setting ( i did a training three years ago but never went through with full certification because I felt like a fraud wanting to be in the profession and not having been through it myself) .
I am thinking a postpartum doula would be very helpful. My midwife is amazing and her visits are like 1.5 hours long each time and she's very holistic- but I feel like having someone over at least every other day to help with postpartum specific healing herbs, foods, breastfeeding help, etc... would be invaluable- especially since my mother isn't coming for at least 2-3 weeks after baby is born, and my own mother is not very knowledgeable about the herbal/nutrition side of recovery. I AM very knowledgeable on it but i'm not going to be up for preparing things. It would also be nice to have someone who will just without a doubt BE THERE, I have lots of acquaintances (i hesitate to say the word friend... because it seems like I always have to reach out and half the time I get flaked on) who say they will help out- but i cannot rely on their word.
the only issue is $, pp doulas charge by the hour.. but I think it's worth it.
What has been your experience?