ugh. I read that article and was a bit irritated at the unbalanced qualities, mostly that the article failed to illustrate clearly that the reason there is demand for doulas is that the supply of hospital staff who CARES and listens to a laboring mom's needs are in short supply.
And KKmama, in Minnesota, there is quite a successul push to get doula services reimbursed by insurance--many people have succeeded privately, and there are hopes to create legislation to guarantee it for all (because YES, the data support the fact that doula-attended births ARE CHEAPER, even after you pay the doula!)
And I just want to say the following...
When it comes to the unwashed masses (
) I like to use this analogy:
A bride has a personal attendant, a laboring woman has a doula.
Then people get a whole
lot less confused, i.e., people undserstand that a personal attendant is there to do what the bride wants, she is not going to take the place of the marriage officiant, and she is there to assure smooth sailing because THE BRIDE IS BUSY, just like a laboring mother is a bit pre-occupied.