DH and I aren't still 100% sure but we considering letting a nearly qualified student midwife/doula follow my pregnancy.
I am having bub at the Mercy Hieldelberg - currently 17wk and due in November. So far all has been smooth sailing, apparenlty I am currently classed low risk but I have a BMI of 44 so they are keeping a close eye on me.
We aren't looking for someone for extra support for us so much and giving someone an opportunity to advance their studies/training/experience. DH and I are rather reserved ppl, we didn't want a heap of ppl at the birth or in bubs life for the first few days but are coming around to the idea of an extra person if it will be useful for them. But we would need that person to be understanding and respectful of our privacy.
So a bit of background about us to see if you think you may be the right fit?
I would have loved to have birthed at the birth centre, but given my BMI it was not possible. HB was not something I was comfortale with, so I am happy to be at the Mercy but would very much prefer a intervention, spontaseous labour. I am studying hypnobabies as a tool to help during labour and we are planning on delay cord clamping. I have hired a doula to make placenta calpsules for me (she will collect placenta from hospy and return tablets). Aside from that not much else planned - we arehappy to go with it and see what happens. Oh I won't be consenting to Hep B shot and have not decided about Vit K yet.
My sister will be as my and hubbys main support - she is a midwife at the Mercy and studying to be a MCHN. For this reason I think it may be good for a student mid/doula - there may be some good knowledge she can pass on?
So anyway, like I said we are not 100% sure but open to the idea and I kinda figure if its meant to be hte right person will come along.
So if you are interested, pls let me know.