What are the potential drawbacks of having a doula?
In general, there are no disadvantages. However, as with any other professional, doulas vary in quality. Examples of possible problems would be a doula who takes over for your partner, behaves judgmentally about your choice to have pain medication or creates tension with hospital staff. This last problem may or may not be her fault. Authoritarian doctors and nurses may be hostile to doulas because however diplomatically doulas behave, doulas by definition stand for the importance of what the mother wants. Cost may also be a drawback, although most doulas are willing to make special financial arrangements such as barter, reduced fees or time payments for clients who cannot afford their services.
How does having a doula affect your pregnancy and birth?
Provided you don't choose the wrong person, and your caregivers aren't hostile to doulas