What did you base your decision on? I'm trained as a doula and always assumed I would want one, but now that I'm pregnant with my first babe I wonder if I'll want an extra person/stranger there! I feel like I'll probably be pretty private about birth (less people present versus more)...but it's so hard to know since I haven't done this before! And you just never can know until you're in the situation. Any of the close friends who I may want there instead as support (who have birthed before) live too far away. I guess I'm thinking of dh too; he's VERY squeamish, and I'm not sure how great he'll be at helping with coping techniques, etc. I thought a doula might be good to have for both of our sakes! We are planning a homebirth...