What if I really want to utilize medication? Doulas work with YOUR birth plan, not their own. So of course you can choose
medication AND still have doula support. Medication, such as an epidural, is not usually even offered until mom has achieved an active labor pattern. This can take time. A doula is beneficial in coping with labor until you choose to have medication. Also, there is much to remember during pushing and more hands are needed if there is an epidural in place. I find I can help a lot during pushing. An epidural cannot hold your hand, change your position, bring you ice, prepare the couch for dad to get some rest, explain what may happen next, or assure you of the changing feelings and emotions. But a doula by your side can.