Basically, it comes down to this...midwives and doulas make a great team. Can you have a great birth without a doula present? Of course you can. And, many women do. But, that doesn't mean there aren't many benefits to adding another skilled, educated, compassionate member to your birth team. Remember, your doula provides non-stop, emotional and physical support for *only* you and your partner during your birth.
This article offers some great points on why having both a midwife and a doula as members of your team can help your birth be an empowering, beautiful experience.
If you're still not sure, try the following....
#1- Ask your midwife if she thinks a doula is beneficial to a woman in labor. Most midwives are happy to have a supportive, skilled doula in the room. The more support for their clients, the better!
#2- Ask someone who had both a doula and a midwife at their birth how they felt about their experience. We promise you'll be hard-pressed to find a woman who had a doula and felt like she didn't benefit from her skills and presence.