Lately I've been thinking a lot about the type of birth I want to have. The more I think about it, the more I really want to go "natural". Not natural as in homebirth (sorry blog hater), but natural as in no pain medications, etc. I also am really interested in getting a doula. I think if I had someone who was actively coaching me through labor it would be a lot easier to resist the meds. I am also worried about feeling out of control and I want someone there who will be an advocate for me. However, given the rather expensive price of a doula, I started thinking about how I could train Jackson to be my doula. I mentioned it to him this morning and asked if he would read some articles about pain management, etc. He said, "By articles...do you mean a book?" I love my husband to death, but I don't think being a doula is one of his gifts if you know what I mean.
My next prospect for a makeshift doula is my own mother, Bertha G. She has an obsession with babies, births etc and can often be found watching TLC's "A Baby Story" or "Bringing Home Baby". I was talking to her about wanting a doula and she immediately got off the phone to begin researching doula training and certification. Bertha G would make an excellent doula. Who knows, maybe she will be an official doula come November! That would be fun.
Does anyone have any opinions on childbirth and doulas?
P.S. How much fun could Bertha have with her nickname if she became a doula, how about...
Birthing with Bertha
Births by Bertha
Bertha the Birthing Doula