Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: A little duplex w/a dog and my kids
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Out of 65 births only 3 were homebirth - the rest have been hospital and birth center. In my are the demand for doulas at homebirths is extremely low - for all the obvious reasons. I think mainly it's because most women do not need a doula to do the regular 'doula stuff' at a homebirth and they invite thier sisters, friends, and mothers to provide that support. The midwives in my area are very warm, careing and (for the most part) patient so the mothers who choose homebirths here have very little to worry about.
I do feel though, that doulas need to attend homebirths - for thier own sake. It helps them to see/remember what normal is.