Is anyone else considering a doula? Do you have one picked yet? What questions are you asking when interviewing doulas?
I am interviewing doulas now (I had one interview over the weekend and am interviewing another tonight). I sent out a ton of emails to doulas asking if they would be willing to do a trade/barter, because I *really* want one, yet I don't have the finances. I've had a few come back with a yes, and I'm meeting with them to see who I can work with and for to make this work for both of us.
I am really looking forward to having a doula at my birth. I have wanted one since my last birth. I think a "birth advocate" who is there completely to support me is going to be great. I actually feel relieved, because I will have someone there who is knowledgeable about the natural AND medical side of birth, can educate me during my birth about anything I need, and is invested only in me and my baby to ensure we are both happy. I know my family will be there to support me, but they don't know the medical side like the back of their hand. I know the hospital staff will support me, but their mindset is to medicalize (is that a real word?) the birth, and I'm more natural than that. So having a doula there will be awesome for me.