A doula is a childbirth professional who's trained to help expectant moms  like me through the birthing experience. A type of labor support coach, doulas provide emotional, physical and informational support during labor and delivery, answer questions throughout pregnancy, help expectant moms prepare their birth plan and communicate it to health care providers, and some even offer postpartum support. That all sounded good -- here's how I made the decision.
Did you hire a doula (or plan to)? What influenced your decision to do so?