DH watched the business of being born with me about a month or so ago. Every since then he has been talking about having a water birth. I thought he was just kidding around.
So I decided I wanted a doula because I want a natural birth. DH fought me having a doula tooth and nail. He didn't want to spend the money on the doula....but finally said if I wanted a doula fine. But then last night he says lets have the baby at home in a pool. I said you would rather pay someone $3000 to have the baby at home than to spend $550 on the doula I wanted, what sense does that make. And he was like yep. But the idea of having the baby at home scared me.
So I found only one hospital in the Atlanta area that does water births. Not all doctors will use the water birth there so I then had to find a doctor that would actually do the water birth and that was covered by my insurance.... and I found this Dr and a midwife that works with her. Its just the two of them so one or the other will deliver me which I love because most places have like 8 doctors and whom ever of the 8 that is on call is the one that would deliver you. ( I was in the middle of switching doctors anyway because my old OB sucked...so it was perfect timing). The office is 30 minutes north of my job and a hour 6 minutes from my house, but the hospital itself is very natural birth oriented so I'm looking forward to it!
I'm still going to get the doula as I won't actually get in the water until the end when I'm like 8-9 CM dilated, so I'll still need position tips, massages, and all the goodies that come with a doula. I told DH I still wanted a doula and he kind of did a long breath and said I thought you were gonna be in the pool. I explained to him that you don't actually get in the pool till close to the end and I still want that support going from 1-8 and he said okay. Wow that was easy! Thought I would have to spend days continually bringing up the topic again till I broke him down...guess I did that enough before.