You mean I can have an epidural?!
OF COURSE you can! Doulas aren't gatekeepers to make sure women "do it natural"....Doulas are advocates, educators, and comforters. I want moms to feel empowered and intelligent about birth. Of course things can veer from the planned path, but you are better equipped to deal with the detours if you have thought about it ahead of time and trust your birth team to advocate for YOUR wishes. If you want pain control - you got it! You'll still get a massage and respect, encouragement and love. Think of Doulas via Burger King's famous jingle.....Have it your way! (you hear it in your head now, don't you!) :)