Do You Need A Doula?

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Do You Need A Doula? - Quiz

Determine whether a doula is necessary for your upcoming labor and birth.


You May Get

You need professional support from a birth/labor doula.

Hiring a certified doula to assist you in reaching your goals is paramount. With a doula's help, you can relax and focus on your labor and delivery by allowing her to support your wishes for childbirth. Your doula can advocate for you, making sure your birth preferences are followed by hospital staff, and help to prevent unnecessary interventions. Even if you trust your maternity care provider, they may not be the person to assist at your delivery and you might need help avoiding an episotomy, artificial rupture of your membranes, cord traction, augmentation, and so on. Learn the results of the Cochrane Collaboration review for continuous labor support.

Your childbirth experience can be enhanced with additional support from a friend or family member.

With good childbirth education and additional reading/training, you may skip hiring a doula and ask a knowledgable friend or family member to assist you during labor. It is adviseable to secure an objective third party who supports your wishes for childbirth and newborn care. Be sure to inform your support person of their specific role and that they need not second guess your preferences for your baby's birthday party. Read this article for guidelines written by a doula for natural childbirth. If you cannot find an experienced friend or supportive family member and money is tight, consider hiring a trained but not yet certified doula. Usually, such doulas offer their services for a greatly reduced fee. Check out DoulaMatch for profiles and availability.
Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Have you taken a childbirth education class?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 2. 
    If so, was it offered by your care provider or the hospital?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 3. 
    Is this your first labor?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 4. 
    Are you a attempting a vaginal birth after a caesarean section (VBAC)?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 5. 
    Are you using a midwife?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 6. 
    Do you have a concise, relevant birth plan or preference sheet?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 7. 
    Do you trust your maternity care provider and all the members of their practice?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 8. 
    Do you know your maternity care provider's c-section rate but more importantly, the rate of the practice?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 9. 
    Do you know the c-section rate of your birthing location?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 10. 
    Are you planning for a natural "unmedicated" childbirth?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 11. 
    Are you hoping for minimal interventions and to avoid a c-section? Read how a doula can help you and your partner.
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 12. 
    Are you fearful of pregnancy and childbirth?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 13. 
    Do you plan to breastfeed exclusively?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 14. 
    Do you or a close family member have a history of depression? Know the facts about postpartum depression and get support!
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 15. 
    Are you using hypnosis for childbirth?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

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