46 Totally Legitimate Reasons to Work with a Birth Doula

Newport Beach doula 46 totally legitimate reasons to work with a birth doula

Working with a birth doula isn’t necessarily for everyone. But we are of the (probably a little bit biased) opinion that waaaay more people having a baby could benefit from a doula’s support than the number of people who currently choose to work with one.

If you’re kind of (or very) aware of what birth doulas are and how they help people during labor, we hope you’ll consider working with a doula for your own birth if/when the time comes.

But if you aren’t quite convinced about adding a doula to your birth team, here are 46 totally legitimate reasons to hire a doula that speak to different ways doulas can support expecting parents:

  1. Your friend/relative/coworker told you they had a doula and recommended you consider it too

  2. Your friend/relative/coworker told you they didn’t work with a doula and wish they had

  3. You want someone experienced, knowledgeable, and kind on your birth team who cares about your emotional experience

  4. You’re wondering if you’ll know what to do during labor

  5. You’re wondering if your partner will know what to do to help you during labor

  6. You want your partner to have support so they can also take care of their own needs during labor

  7. Your partner wants to work with a doula so they can be more relaxed during your labor

  8. You’ll be laboring without a partner and don’t want to be alone

  9. You’re worried about having your wishes respected during labor and after birth

  10. You want someone in the room who knows what’s normal, what’s not, and can offer suggestions

  11. You’ve read the positive statistics around doula support

  12. You’ve heard things about what doulas do and it sounds like something you want

  13. You want someone to help you understand your options before, during, and after birth

  14. You’re planning a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)

  15. You’ve heard that parents are often left alone during labor and you want someone else with you

  16. You want help during labor from someone who won’t get their feelings hurt if you use a few choice words

  17. You’ve been through pregnancy loss and want extra emotional support during labor

  18. You have a history of trauma and know you’ll want extra support during labor

  19. You’re birthing in a hospital and medical stuff is a trigger for you

  20. You plan to labor without medical pain management and want help coping with contractions

  21. You plan to labor with medical pain management and want help encouraging labor to progress

  22. You plan to labor with medical pain management and want help managing possible epidural side effects

  23. You plan to labor with medical pain management and want help avoiding what you’ve heard described as a “cascade of interventions”

  24. You’re not sure if you want to labor with medical pain management and you want help figuring that out

  25. You’re planning to birth by cesarean and want extra emotional support before, during, and after your baby’s birth in the OR

  26. You worked with a doula previously and had a great experience

  27. Your previous birth(s) didn’t go the way you’d hoped and you want more help this time around

  28. Your previous birth feels like a long time ago and you’re worried about doing it again

  29. You and your doctor don’t exactly see eye to eye and you want extra support making decisions and asking questions

  30. You want help understanding what to expect during labor

  31. Friends/relatives will also be at your birth and you want someone there to help them understand what’s going on

  32. Friends/relatives will also be at your birth and you’re pretty sure it will make you more anxious

  33. Friends/relatives will also be at your birth and you want someone who can help with crowd control/bouncing if needed

  34. You’re wondering if you’ll know what questions to ask in the moment

  35. You’re taking a childbirth class but you’re afraid you won’t remember things when the time comes

  36. You’re not taking a childbirth class and you want guidance in the moment

  37. Your doctor or midwife recommended you work with a doula

  38. You have a high-risk pregnancy and want extra support during pregnancy and birth

  39. You’re birthing at home and want help getting through labor before your midwife arrives

  40. You’re birthing at a hospital or birth center and want help getting through labor at home before heading to your birth place

  41. You’re giving birth in a hospital and want someone to help translate the medical lingo

  42. You’re giving birth in a hospital and want a more holistic, person-centered experience so you don’t just feel like a number

  43. You’re giving birth in a hospital and are worried about getting through the first hour or two after birth

  44. Your FSA/HSA will reimburse you for a doula so why not?

  45. You want a point person you can talk to during pregnancy and postpartum that isn’t a friend or relative or Facebook moms group

  46. You’ve heard that doulas have recommendations for other resources you might want/need during pregnancy and postpartum

If you decided you want to work with a birth doula and want some help understanding doula pricing, check out this blog post.


There are soooo many other things we could add to this list! If you live in Orange County or Long Beach and one of these 46 reasons applies to you, learn more about our birth doula packages.


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