Originally Posted by Brighids Flame
I really want someone to be with me at my house for the early parts of labor, and then to accompany me to the hospital when it's time, but I don't know whether to hire a doula or a midwife. Since they'll be with me at my house, part of me wants someone who is fully capable of helping me deliver at home, just in case the labor ends up being much shorter than expected (I'm trying to plan for everything). Ideally I'd like a CNM for that, but it's really hard to find a CNM in my area who is able to be a doula since most of them are already working full-time at hospitals or birth centers. Can a DONA-certified doula help with delivery, or is a CPM my best bet? What qualifications does your birth assistant have?
Almost all CPM's in my area have an assistant, many of them are doula trained. My CPM used to be a doula and is more than happy to do both midwife-ing and doula-ing. :) Her assistant is a trained doula as well, recently starting toward her CPM training.