If I Have a Midwife, Do I Really Need a Doula?
"You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus and the support." ~ Sabrina Bryan
The short answer to this is you do not *need* both, but to have both is highly valuable and will only make the birthing process smoother and easier. If you have read my blog about the difference between a Doula and a Midwife, it will help you understand how their roles are similar but different and always complimentary of each other.
As both roles are different, of course, having both for your birth is helpful. Here are some helpful questions to determine if both is a good choice for your birth.
Do you want to have extra phone and birth experience support through out your entire pregnancy?
Do you hope to have someone to physically support you during the entire birth?
Do you want to have someone by you and your partners side immediately after the birth to help you both adjust, move, transition, and understand the process?
Do you want someone to help your partner participate in the comfort measures of labor?
Do you want someone to transfer with you should that be your decision or necessary?
Do you want someone who is only focused on *you* and *your* comfort, physically and mentally, in labor?
Do you want there to be an extra set of hands to grab something for the midwife or assistant?
Do you want someone to be able to provide additional postpartum support?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then adding a Doula to your team is a great option for you. The role of a doula is there to focus on the physical and emotional wellbeing of you and your partner as you labor and give birth. The role of a midwife an her team is to support you, but mostly to keep watch over the pregnancy and labor and to be sure everything is great. Adding these two, Doulas and Midwives, together can complete your birthing team.
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