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#31 of 39 Old 05-26-2010, 01:21 PM
 
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I didn't take Bradley classes, but I did take a childbirth class with DH and did not have a doula and I don't regret it. For me, that was perfect as it made sure DH knew what was going on and was a nice refresher of all my research close to the actual birth. And I suspected this would be the case based on past experience and it was, but I didn't want to be touched at all during contractions and basically used focus and relaxation to get through labor, so a doula would not have been much help to me for labor as I did fine on my own with moral/verbal(between contractions only) support from DH & the nurses.

A doula would have been helpful postpartum somewhat, especially to get BFing started off a bit better, but I made the right decision for me anyway.

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being a Bradley teacher-- I'd of course say Bradley

But that shouldn't have to be a choice...

You can get low/no cost doulas and every Bradley Teacher I know is willing to discount their fees if you really cannot afford it.

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It totally depends on the person. For me, I'd take classes. I do better in labor with only my husband around. It depends on her husband/partner, who else in her family she thinks may be present (is a friend or mom or something available for labor support), and where she's giving birth. I don't think there's one answer for everyone. Also, I think if she can sell stuff on eBay or work out payment plans it's generally best to do both.

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Doula.... but then, I've never taken Bradley classes, although I have a couple of good friends who are Bradley teachers.

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Doula

"Breastfeeding is a robust, biologically stable activity so central to our evolutionary identity that it names the class of animals to which we belong" (Breastfeeding Atlas, Third Edition)
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I just had to make this choice recently and chose the doula.

I just didn't have the $ for both. We never took any official CBE class. DH and I borrowed books from friends and the library (Ina May, Penny Simpkin, Bradley & a few others that were more mainstream), and started to read the pregnancy & birth threads here on MDC. We both felt like we had plenty of knowledge by the time I gave birth but we were so grateful for our doula's gentle, centering presence.

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doula. I had a doula at my vbac. Never did Bradley. Worked for me.

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Doula!

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if i were going into a hospital setting, i would likely choose the doula and study bradley on my own and/or get another course like hypnobirthing and such.
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