Do You Have a Pal Who Fits the Bill?
"Anyone can hire a professional doula for extra labor support, but the key is comfort and trust," says Campbell. The beauty of having a female friend or relative with you is that you already have a relationship with that person and can immediately benefit from that in labor. Keep these tips in mind:
- She's seen your ugly side. No one said labor's easy -- or pretty. You might be yelling or crying -- or even pooping or vomiting. Picture your BFF in all of these scenarios. Still want to ask her? Go for it.
- She's not a drama queen. She's there to keep you calm, remember? You don't want someone who freaks out easily or who'll start recounting her own crazy birth stories when you're about to go into transition.
- She gets your birth plan. Whether you're adamant about getting an epidural or attempting delivery drug-free, pick someone who supports -- not persuades.
- She's reliable. Sounds obvious, but this is not the time to ask your always-20-minutes-late friend for help. Likewise, steer clear of pals who travel a ton for work. Sure, nothing's definite, but you might as well stack the deck with whoever's most dependable.
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