What are the “pros” and “cons” of using a Doula?

Pros:

-You and your partner will receive encouragement and support
-Unlike the nursing staff who have to care for several birthing women, your doula will provide you with one-on-one attention during your labor and delivery
-Pain management which includes natural methods like massage, meditation, breathing exercises, and birthing positions
-Partners will receive individualized coaching as well, to help reduce the feelings of being overwhelmed.

Although the benefits of the “pros” for including a doula as part of your birth plan are felt to outweigh the “cons”, it is worthwhile to consider the potential drawbacks of working with a doula.

Cons:

-they may get in the way of your partner
-their services can be expensive
-they may be inexperienced, or don’t seem to understand what your wishes are
-they do not have as much training as your healthcare provider

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Naomi Dillie

I am passionate about changing the view of birth in America one mother at a time. BIRTH DOESN'T HAPPEN TO YOU, IT HAPPENS THROUGH YOU. I aim to EDUCATE, EMPOWER and ELEVATE as you prepare for the birth of your dreams. You will learn about how your body and baby work together to bring your baby into your arms. I will guide you to become empowered to use your voice to make informed choices about your body and baby. I will lift you up, encourage you and be a constant presence during this transformational experience in your life.

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