The Today Show did a segment this morning about doulas. I have mixed emotions about the video segment. I feel the Today Show tried to show opposing viewpoints, and in the process a lot of negativity about doulas came out. If you watch the video clip, please take it with an open mind and come to your own conclusion. While I don't agree with all of the opinions presented in the video, I think it's important to get people thinking so they can do their own research and make better, more informed decisions.
The Today Show also has an article entitled "Expecting parents: What is a doula?" I think the article is excellent. It's well-written and gives some concise information and accurately depicts what a doula can offer to expecting parents. It's not very long. I hope you take some time to read it.
My own experiences with my doula have been wonderful. My doctor and hospital staff always worked well with my doula, and my doula was never overbearing or pushing her opinions on anyone. She fulfilled her job very well, which was to support me and my husband and our birth decisions and provide the comfort and assistance we needed. She was quiet but assertive when necessary and helped keep me focused. It also helped so much that the hospital staff and doctor were very good about honoring and following my birth plan.
Please check out my personal doula's family blog. Her opinions and reactions to the segment mirror my own, and I want to give her credit for the wonderful work she does.
It is very important to communicate clearly with your caregiver and labor support team (doula, partner, etc.) during pregnancy to ensure that they are aware of your wishes and willing to work together in achieving the best results for you and your baby.