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Old 09-02-2012, 07:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
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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!

http://maternityinstitute.com/2012/07/19/why-a-doula-is-worth-every-penny/

Why a Doula is Worth Every Penny

July 19, 2012 By admin by Adriana Lozada, CD, CPB, CGP

 

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"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.

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Eh, I'm not pro-doula. In my opinion, a caring father can be trained to do everything a mom needs in labor. Why pay a stranger? Not to mention, I've personally seen doulas get in the way of the amazing couple energy that can happen at the birth of a couple's child. Really, unless your partner is missing or you have to birth in a setting with caregivers you don't trust... you can manage just fine without!Take Bradley classes. Find a caregiver you "gets" you. Study hard on childbirth. Rehearse the scenarios with your partner.
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Not saying you have to have one.  For those that want one, the option is out there.  I'm sorry if you've had a bad experience, but we are not all like that.  In fact, none of us should ever get in the way of a couple's energy.  we should be supporting the dads as well.  If you'll read my other posts you'll see that most of us are trained to work for the couple and to augment that.


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