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#31 of 37 Old 10-08-2008, 09:52 AM
 
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But my question is... where do I find information that I would have learned at the class? Such as breathing techniues, or different birth positions? Anyone have some good book recomendations?
That is something your doula can go over with you!!
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That, and I highly recommend Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin. I'm not taking a refresher course, and I'm going to have my mom and DH read the birthing techniques part. It's a great, inspiring read!

Glad you have come to a compromise...
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ditto acorey--that's what doulas are so great for! She should definitely be able to suggest positions, and even practice them with you in your prenatal visit so it's not a surprise when she suggests it during labor.

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Ruth, I finally received my copy of Ina May's guide yesterday and have been very busy reading and absorbing. lol


Acory and Blooming! Oh great! I feel so releived. And great idea on asking to go over and practive at a prenat appointment.

She also has told me she has no problems laboring with me at home for however long I feel I need her, then she will accompany me to the hospital and she thought it was a wonderful idea for me to labor at home for as long as I feel comfortable doing so.

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I honestly think that if I had to choose, a doula would be, to me at least, waaaaay more worth the money spent than a class. You can learn all the information you want but in the heat of labor, its easy to forget things and no class can really fully prepare you. A doula has been there, done that, and could write a book on it. She will be there with you every step of the way. She can even guard-dog against hospital staff if the need arises.

Im so happy you went with the doula option.

(BTW, when I go on maternity leave (what my bosses dont know rigt now is that I will not be returning full time... ever), I am going to start my training to become a doula.
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I have to say I already love my doula! She has been so incredibly understanding and patient with me asking her a million questions already and comforting me and supporting me!

She is also a birth educator so she said anything I feel shaky on she will go over with me and sent me this little questionairre for things I'd like more info on. She said she would never send any of her clients into birth blind.

She has just been amazing and I technically haven't even contracted with her yet! lol


I told her just now I'd like to set up our first meeting so I can give her the deposit. *nods*

If DH bulks... I will simply just say that he did mention last night that I get classes or doula and I choose doula. I'm doing what is best for me and he can deal. *nods* If he wants to be a part of this he has no choice. *nods*


Thank you Mamas for helping give me the support I needed to regain my footing here... pregnancy has me wildly emotional and more of a scaredy cat than usual. Usually I have no problem telling DH where to put his opinions.

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I'm happy you're getting a Doula. It really helps to have have someone to talk to, who is passionate about pregnancy and birth, and a Doula fits the bill!

Sorry you're DH isn't being very compassionate. While I know they don't always 'get' it, what we're going through, I often feel they could at least pretend to!
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