One of the “Birth Matters Virginia” educational videos is titled “Do you Doula?” and focuses on what doulas do and how they support laboring women. I really liked the video, because it is very informative. Many women don’t even know what a doula is, or think they won’t need one; and I think this video will help them see the great benefit a doula can be to them.
I’m a strong advocate of women having a doula during labor and birth, particularly if they are planning a hospital birth, since they can’t know for sure who will be attending their labor and birth in a hospital. Most doctors and midwives work in groups or partnerships, and a woman cannot guarantee that her preferred choice will actually be there; plus there is a wide range of supportiveness in hospital nurses — some nurses don’t care or are having an off day, and even nurses who do care may not have the time or ability to actually help a laboring mother, since they may be in charge of the care of more than one woman, or have to catch up with charting, etc.
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