Post # 1
I’m interested in getting a doula, but I don’t think I’m quite prepared to jump into the Bradley method. Did anyone get a doula without doing Bradley Method? Did you do other classes (Lamaze, hypnobirthing) or just use the techniques with the doula? I’m open to having an epidural, but I’d like to put it off and labor at home as long as possible. Has anyone gone this route?
Post # 3
Haven’t given birth yet, and I haven’t looked into any classes or specific methods, but no matter what, we are 100% for sure getting a doula. After what I’ve learned about them, I refuse to labor without one!
I’m hoping to get through birth without being anesthetized or having any interventions, but no matter what type of birth a woman prefers or ends up with, a doula is enormously helpful. I’ve heard from women who had Cesareans and have reported that having a doula by their side made even that experience a better, happier and healthier birth for them.
Post # 4
I’m in your shoes though DH and I haven’t completely decided on a doula. Our OB is pretty open to a non-medicated vaginal birth as is our hospital but she did recommend trying to labor at home for as long as possible before coming in. She said sometimes women get swayed by the thought that the epidural is literally a few doors down and they cave, unlike being at home. She said a doula is optional and really depends DH and if he feels up to the task or if he wants the help of a doula. She also recommended I look into hynobabies as the childbirth class offered by my hospital does not delve too much into breathing techniques for a full non-medicated birth. Like you, I prefer to go the unmedicated route but understand that things change and that a c-section may be needed.
From what I read about doulas, I think you can get by without adding Bradley classes into the mix.
Post # 5
I had doula support during labor and did not take Bradley classes. I did not have any pain medication or any interventions and I honestly think it is due to the wonderful support and feeling confident in my body’s ability to birth naturally.