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Monday, January 27, 2014

Bump on a Blog: Doula Decision

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 7:59 PM

click image The doulas of Birth Journeys: Genevieve Henry, Jenna Thayer and Rachel Stanton.
  • The doulas of Birth Journeys: Genevieve Henry, Jenna Thayer and Rachel Stanton.
One of my friends is the daughter of a midwife. When I broke the news that I was pregnant, she promised she'd resist the urge to bombard me with advice about childbirth. But there was one thing she simply had to say: "Get a doula." 

Women with doulas attending their births, she told me, are more likely to have shorter labors with fewer complications. 

Sounded great to me. But what's a doula?

A doula, I learned, is a childbirth coach. You call her when you go into labor. She meets you at your house, or at the hospital, and stays with you, offering physical and emotional support, until (and after) the baby is born.

I was intrigued, but somewhat skeptical, in part because of the cost. My health insurance doesn't cover doula services. Hiring one would set my husband and me back $800.

Plus, what if the doulas just weren't my style? Childbirth is painful enough (or so I've been told); I don't want to endure it with someone who rubs me the wrong way. I worried that the doulas would be too sickly sweet, too reverent about the Miracle of Birth. I prefer irreverence. I want to feel free to scream and yell and curse the day I ever decided to have a baby. And, if I really can't cope with the pain, I want to be able to ask for drugs without feeling judged.

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Megan James

Megan James

Megan James began writing for Seven Days in 2010, first as Associate Arts Editor. She later became an editor for Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT, and is currently a freelance contributor.


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