A Doula will only support an unmedicated birth!?
Under the quandary.....I will say it ain't so!
It was believed that a Doula was only hired to support women who decided to have unmedicated births. In today's day and age most Doula's like myself will agree with this quote-
"I do not care what kind of birth you have... a homebirth, scheduled cesarean, epidural hospital birth, or if you birth alone in the woods next to a deer. I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices and that you were respected" -January Harshe
As your Doula I have got your back regardless of what you decide.
If you decide on an epidural- no problem – It can take awhile for the anesthesiologist to arrive, so I can help you cope through the pain and keeping you comfortable. Once the epidural has been administered I can provide support by taking your focus off the monitors and keep focus on yourself. I can help the woman with position changes to make her more comfortable and to encourage rest.
-C-Section- planned or unplanned- I can provide comfort in explaining what is to come, answer any questions you may have, provide relaxing techniques, discuss any fears and reassure the partner as it can also be a stressful time for them. In some hospitals they will allow a support person (dad/partner) and a doula into the operating room. If the partner is squeamish about going into the operating room the doula can step in. Support after the c-section is important as well, as the women will have to take it easy and recover from the surgery.
It's important to realize that women today need to be supported in whichever way they choose to birth. It's a long marathon full of obstacles that all women should prepare for with positivity by their side and to not be scrutinized of which route they decide to take.
A healthier start emotionally, and physically to the birth process you have envisioned, will result in the satisfying birth experience you have longed for.