With my first, I was induced and laboured for 17 hours (no doula) and ended up with an EC due to FD. I wished I had had the extra support and so with number 2 my VBAC, I hired a doula who was invaluable. All went well, I was in active labour at home for 4 hours and then pushed for 2.5 hours at the BC (posterior) and had a wonderful drug-free waterbirth.
This time I am at a different hospital in the midwifery group practice with a one-on-one MW who will be on call for my birth and will be my main support during labour, as opposed to looking after possibly 3 or more labouring women (as was my experience in the past). As my MW said, she will only be leaving the room to get heat packs etc. She will be by my side throughout. I have a great rapport with her and she is very much an advocate for natural birth but I am aware that if she has just come off a shift when I go into labour, another MW from the program will attend. I have not yet met the other MWs, but will in due course and have been told that they are all on the same page as far as natural birth goes.
I realise that birth support is a very personal decision but just wondered how others in a similar situation felt, having had a wonderful natural birth before and feeling a lot more confident in their own ability, whether they still felt they needed the extra support, both at home and at the hospital? I feel fine about labouring at home with just DH and I and I do feel like I am doubling up by having both at the hospital. Having said that, every birth is different and perhaps I would be better to be safe than sorry and have the extra support.
My MW also said that in her experience, 3rd labours can often stop start a bit before the main event (as in pre-labour) but once they get going, they are pretty quick. Has anyone experienced this with number 3?
All thoughts welcome!
Edited by Akeyo, 14 December 2012 - 10:36 AM.