It's impossible to predict or control how birth and labor will go. Will you connect emotionally with your labor and delivery nurse, and will she have time for you? In a typical hospital setting, doctors don't stay in the room with you continuously during labor and nurses often have to split their time between several patients. They also come and go during shift changes. A doula is a constant physical and emotional support with all her focus on you and your needs.
How will you react to the pain? Will you have a swift delivery or a long, drawn-out labor? How will your husband or partner hold up under the pressure?
Faced with these uncertainties, many women find enormous reassurance in having a doula by their side. A doula can support you during a hospital, birth center, or homebirth, and can include: