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Greetings, I would like to hear from doulas that have experience at (medically)unassisted births, I am particularly interested in those attending (as doula)VBAC births in states where the climate is forcing the mother to birth at home or be cut to birth.<br>
Due to the nature of the post if you prefer to email me privately I understand also,<br>
thanks in advance for any support or information -heads up- you can provide me.<br>
~Mary<br><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>
 

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Hi Mary, I don't attend UC. For the simple reason that if it is a UC, then having me as a doula/midwifery assistant would indeed not be a UC. When asked in the past, I just say that I only work with ( Midwife's name or hospital name) clients, but that if they need any postpartum assistance or breastfeeding help to please let me know.<br>
As for VBAC clients, I would have no problem with laboring with mom until the last minute and helping her get to her planned place of birth ( birth center, hospital...)
 

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I do attend UC's, and have very recently. I have a different opinion as far as it still being a UC if I'm attending. Doulas are not medical professionals and aren't hired to catch the baby etc... and if we're there then it's because mom and dad have asked us to be which is part of their control of their birth experience.That's what being a Doula is all about, catering to the family and their wishes.<br><br>
As far as the VBAC thing , unfortunately I have no experience with that in UC's.I live in CT and as of right now the climate here is not forcing moms to be in that position. I just wanted to give you some encouragment in the area of being willing to serve a family in this way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Hopefully someone will be able to give you some tips with the legal stuff for that kind of situation.<br><br>
Peace!
 

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i would want to be very, very clear with my client about exactly what she expected from me at a UC. maybe i'm being paranoid, but my fear would be that if things got hairy, she would expect me to become a midwife and be able to deal with a baby or momma complication.<br><br>
it's one thing for the parents to take responsibility for their own UC; it's another thing to ask someone else to be present and witness and, indirectly, be responsible too.<br><br>
i would have to ask myself, what would i do/be expected to do if the baby wasn't breathing? mom hemorrhages? stillbirth? if you attend births, in whatever capacity, you will eventually come across each of those situations. would i be ready and willing to handle them? or to step back and keep my hands off, while the parents handled them? what if the parents were handling it in a way different from what i knew/believed to be the "right" way?<br><br>
also, what is the political climate? "catching" a baby constitutes practicing medicine without a license in many places... are you willing to risk prosecution? are you willing to subject your family to your prosecution?<br><br>
good luck. i'm not trying to discourage you, and i'm sure you've given all this a lot of thought. i just felt moved to share...<br><br>
katje
 
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