I've just got my first ever BFP (yay!) and am sorting through the big long list of obs who deliver at SJOG Subiaco. I called one ob (who came highy recommended by friends) today and was surprised to discover from his receptionist that he won't allow doulas in during labour, because "they're not medical personnel".
Being an "elderly primigravida" (hate that term!) with a couple of existing medical issues and having a DH who I know is likely to panic, I've already decided that I would like to hire a doula to help and support me during labour, and reduce the chances of me requiring or accepting intervention. I'm not open to another hospital/birthing option - I'm comfortable with that choice - but wondered if anyone knows which OBs are okay with the concept of a doula? (I've made a provisional booking with Richard Murphy, on the basis of what I've read on here - sounds like he is most likely to be open to the idea. Unfortunately, don't get to see him for another 6 weeks so can't confirm this!)