Do You Need a Doula?

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She also may soothe the mother, finding ways to manage pain and support the mother through contractions. If you have specific ideas of how you'd like the birth to progress, then a doula can advocate for you and your birth plan when you're unable to do so. So is a doula right for you and your family? Ask those directly involved in your baby's birth - your partner, parents and doctor - how they feel about having another person in the room, helping you through the process. Spouses and partners who may not know what to do or how to be a part of the process may feel more comfortable taking direction from a doula. Many doulas also help out postpartum, recommending lactation consultants and pediatricians if needed and helping new moms establish new routines. Ask your obstetrician or midwife if she can recommend a doula and choose wisely.