When having a baby, there are a lot of decisions to be made and a lot of research that needs to go into each and every one. A doula should act as a field guide to trustworthy sources of information. Because let's face it, it can be overwhelming.
-Should I induce?
-Is Pitocin right for me?
-Is a c-section necessary?
-Natural birth or epidural?
-What is a water birth, and is that a good thing?
-Is an episiotomy necessary? Do I want one?
-Can I walk around, or do I have to be laying on the table the whole time?
-Will I be allowed to eat or drink during the birth process?
-Which vaccines should my child get at the hospital?
-Which vaccines will we want given by our pediatrician?
-How do we find a good pediatrician?
-Should we circumcise our new baby boy?
-Breast feeding or formula?
-Cloth diapers or disposables?
-What is vitamin K? Should my newborn have that?
Once getting the information and answering all of these questions (and more) for yourself, your Doula View doula will provide you with a template to help you create a "birth plan". A good birth plan should lay out step-by-step how you want your birth experience to happen. Your doula can provide additional guidance to help you formulate a plan that clearly conveys your wishes. This allows you to make these decisions together, at home, and with a clear head. It allows you to discuss with your partner which items are non-negotiable, and which you are willing to consider if an emergency arises. You will also recieve tips on how to format and present your birth plan to medical professionals, ensuring everyone is on the same page.