You should have womenfolk in your birth room. A peaceful, competent presence is life-giving in any birth. BUT before you pay for a labor doula, you should know the instances that using your cash on a postpartum doula would be more worth your while.
The tree situations when you shouldn’t hire a birth doula:
1. If you’re having a planned cesarean. Captain obvious here, but you don’t need a labor coach if you’re not going to labor. Spend those dollars for a postpartum doula instead- an incredibly worthwhile investment, and one you'll want with a cesarean recovery.
2. If you have a home or birth center birth with a well-trained, hands-on midwife’s assistant. On the other hand, don’t assume that because you’re doing a homebirth, a doula isn’t necessary. Some midwives are very hands-off, and having the support of a doula may be necessary. Have this conversation with your midwife before your birth.
3. Don’t hire a doula if you don’t know what you’re getting. Check out this list of 25 questions you need to ask before you hire your doula.
Outside of these situations, having a supportive, understanding, and competent doula in your labor room can be one of the best decisions you can make for your birth experience. If you’re looking for a doula, check out the link below (not an affiliate), and be sure to use these 25 questions to interview your top choices carefully.
Having a calming, supportive female presence with you throughout labor is a game-changer, no matter what type of birth you have. Even if you're not hiring a doula, get your best friend/mom/sister/midwifery student who needs birth hours/friend who loves birth- in the room with you as a secondary support behind your partner. It will make an incredible difference.