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I already have a doula, should I still train my sister to be my support person?


Doulas are great. Not only are they educated and experienced in birth but they are also on your team (which is a huge plus). But, at the end of the day, they are hired help.

There will be moments in your journey when you will need a sincere gentle touch, someone to cry with you, familiar eyes to comfort you, and someone holding your hand as you face the most intense experience of your life. In my opinion, there is no better person than your mother, sister, cousin, or dear friend. 


In my last birth, I had both a doula and my mother (whom I didn’t designate as my support person). When I had to go into surgery, it was decided that the doula and my husband were the best ones to come with me. I remember my doula stroking my forehead on the operating table, a kind gesture that did not bring me comfort. At that moment of time, I wished it was my mother’s hand instead.

Can my husband be my support person?

How do you support advocacy of the mother?

As a non-medical person, I am not in a position to speak directly to the medical staff on your behalf. Instead, I encourage you to advocate on your own behalf - something most women will never know how to do. I find this to be an incredible phenomenon that occurs during our journey. The birth of a Mother.

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