Thursday, January 16, 2014


I'm so happy!  I met with my doula today, and she is great!  I really get a wonderful feeling from her!  

She knows my history with Tanner's labor and delivery, and she knows my hopes for my future labor.  She asked some excellent questions to get an idea on how I cope with pain, and what will be helpful for me.  

She said her sister may act as her assistant because she wants to become a doula, but hasn't taken the classes yet.  I told her that is awesome!  I  remember what it was like to be a student nurse and hope patients would allow me to participate in procedures and whatnot.  I'm glad I can help!  

She knows I would like to try as best as I can to avoid an epidural.  And she also knows that I'm not certain I will be able to do it.  So I'm glad she is aware of that.  She gave me great examples of some personal experience she had with and without epidurals.  My doctor recommended me getting an epidural "just in case of a rupture".  That way I wouldn't be put under general anesthesia during the c-section.  But I did my research.  I know epidurals need at least 20 minutes to be brought up to surgical strength.  If I were to rupture, I would be put under general anyway. So why not try?  Maybe with her support and knowledge I will be able to deal with the pain.

Now, I need to wait for my mom to come to Oklahoma on Tuesday.  After that, Wesley can come anytime!  And lots of prayers and all my fingers crossed that I go into labor on my own so I can actually use my doula! 


  1. I am so excited for you!!! I pray everything goes smoothly and that you get to have the birth you've been dreaming of.
    You CAN do it without the epi. Just remind yourself that our bodies were built for amazing things and the reward is SO worth it!! BUT there is no shame in having the epi either. I have done it both ways, and both births were wonderful. :)
    Excited for you!!

  2. Thank you! I'm really starting to get excited!