I make it very clear to my students that it is *wonderful* to have a doula as an advocate for you in the hospital, and to be a nurturing presence who knows so many ways to help labor progress if needed, etc., that they *must* be completely familiar with the philosophy, techniques, cue words, etc of your birth hypnosis program.
We had our baby on September 8th. Events are as follows, pay attention because it went kinda fast. I wake up feeling pressure waves. Go to the bathroom and lay in bed for 20-30 minutes more to make sure they are not just feelings of having a big belly.
Much to my surprise, my waters broke at 6:00 am, approximately 12 days before my son's "official" expected date of arrival. There was water, but not much else in the way of birthing waves for most of that day.
I spoke with my Bradley instructor afterwards and told her about our maybe-change in plans and she said a great idea would be to take a doula with us. The midwife in the birthing center setting obviously couldn't be with us all of the time, and she said a doula would be valuable
She seemed nice, but Tim thought it was weird that she got nervous during our consultation. He said if she's used to talking to nurses and doctors she shouldn't be nervous answering our questions. But I disagree with that. This was a job interview of sorts to her.
As we get closer to the birth, I find myself getting more nervous. It's not so much an "I can't do this" feeling as it is a fear of the unknown. It's just a totally new situation, and although videos and pictures can give you an *idea* of what it might be like, they can never fully prepare you.
Aaah, major acid reflux going on right now. I'm drinking some warm milk and honey, let's hope that helps. It usually does. I thought about waking up poor Tim to make me some but then decided to let him sleep. He works hard enough as it is!