Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Do You Need a Doula?

Even with a caring partner, family support, and the care of a doctor or midwife, will he or she:
  • Come to your home and labor with you until it's time to go to the hospital or birthing center and then stay with you continuously until the baby is born?
  • Provide advanced labor techniques such as massage or acupressure?
  • Provide several prenatal visits in your home?
  • Help you develop a "birth plan"?
  • Provide the encouragement you need while you are in transition and when the baby is being born?
  • Take notes during labor and provide you with a written record of birth?
  • Take photographs of you and your support person(s) during the labor and with your new baby?
  • Help you with breastfeeding?

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