Pregnant women often ask me for recommendations on local obstetricians, midwives and hospitals. Who is the best midwife? Who is the best obstetrician? Which hospital should I choose?
I love getting asked these questions because it shows that the person is putting thought into their decision.
Of all the choices you will make during your pregnancy and birth, your choice of care provider and birth location will be the single most significant factor in your birth experience.
Ten years ago if you had heard someone say they hired a doula for their baby’s birth you might have assumed they were having a home birth and were a hippie. That’s who hires a doula, right?
It wasn't necessarily true then that only hippies hire doulas and it's certainly not the case today. Nowadays almost all of the births doulas attend are in hospitals and the women they serve are far from a ‘hippie’.
The women who hire doulas are women like you and I. They are modern, diverse, intelligent and up to date with the latest information. They have read or heard about the positive impact a doula can have and after careful thought hire one for their baby’s birth.