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    Default Doula vs Student MW

    Who do you think would be more emotionally/hands on supportive during labour? What has your experience been with either/both?

    I have found a student MW but I am wondering exactly how helpful she will be, she is a RN who is doing 2 days a week on the maternity ward so will have lots of experience come December but I am wondering if it will be the experience that will help me achieve a peaceful "grounded" birth?

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    Ive never had a doula, although I did look into it for this pregnancy but it was too expensive. I have however had a student midwife with my last baby and having one again this time. I found her to be AMAZING. Things didnt go as planned and there were a few issues with both bub and myself and she did not leave my side. She gave excellent support, kept me calm and also kept dh calm. I cant speak highly enough about her.

    There is a good chance dh wont be at the birth of this baby and it caused me a lot of anxiety (hence why I looked into a doula). But I am more than confident my student midwife along with my normal midwife will provide amazing support.

    The best thing you can do is speak to the student midwife about what you want so she is on the same page when it comes to the big day.

    me + he = dd1 (July 2007), dd2 (July 2010), dd3 (August 2012), dd4 (due May 2014) + sil (1997)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CitrusRain View Post
    I'm a bit biased (being very close to being a certified doula) but I have used both and I found the doula better for achieving my goals. The student mid was too invested in the hospital policies and didn't help at all with the birth because she just agreed with whatever the OB said, therefore I ended up with the whole cascade of intervention and narrowly escaped a CS under GA only because hubby put his foot down when he saw me getting very distressed. Having gone through the records with an OB specialist I know that most of what happened was an overreaction and could have been prevented had I known more about birth and had adequate support.

    My doula supported me heavily throughout my second pregnancy, taught me how to ask questions and stand up for myself and I ended up having the most calm and healing natural breech birth.

    I found the two to be poles apart. I loved the medical knowledge of the mid during my pregnancy and she was very lovely and supportive but she wasn't able to be there in the ways I needed her to when it came to the birth. I couldn't fault the support of my doula.
    Thanks CR, this is what I am afraid of. She is already an RN and is about to spend a good 9 months learning hospital policies went it comes to birth as well. Doesn't know anything about anything when it comes to birth and while she is lovely I am not sure I want to spend 9mths teaching her about my birth preferences and discussing the why side of it. I'm not sure a SMW is what I am after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CitrusRain View Post
    From experience, I know that achieving a positive birth outcome starts right in the beginning. You need to set yourself up with the OB, mid, doula, whoever, who is going to support you to achieve your goals. If that's a calm, active, natural birth your best bet is MGP and a doula. I would, and have, recommended student mids to clients who are high risk or more concerned with the medical side of birthing and need a second medical perspective but from what I've read I don't think that's you. The two have very different jobs
    Yeah, I think I am thinking a SMW would be cheaper for the parents (free) as opposed to a doula. Parents are interstate and have no natural birth experience (stillbirth and breech cs) so while I know that they will be supportive they aren't going to be throwing out position suggestions or reminding me to go to the loo. Hubby is pretty hands off and I am just thinking if I am going to go to hospy I would really love someone who is going to be in tune with me.

    I think I need a doula!

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    Last time I had a student midwife. She was very good but very much a 'student', and led by my middy (I had a homebirth). She did go above and beyond, coming to my birth straight after a huge day shift and staying til 4am. I was very glad I had her and enjoyed the experience. However this time I am having a doula. She is way more experienced and has a hypnobirthing background. I am really looking forward to having her there.

    As well as being my doula (and being there for my son during the birth if we need) she is organising a blessing way for me, hiring me the birth pool, birth photos, placenta encapsulation and of course pre and post natal care.

    I feel like I will be slightly more supported with the doula rather than a student midwife. But then again it really depends on the person. Perhaps chat with one of each and see who you click with?

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    An I remembering correctly that you are in Perth HOF? If so I can PM you my doula's website. I actually did infant massage classes with her when DS was a baby so I know she is lovely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colbie View Post
    An I remembering correctly that you are in Perth HOF? If so I can PM you my doula's website. I actually did infant massage classes with her when DS was a baby so I know she is lovely.
    Yes please xo

    And CR I have sent you a pm

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    What is the average cost for hiring a Doula? I'm in Busselton WA I wouldn't have a clue where to begin looking for one. Can anyone suggest a website?
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