In my child birthing class they say that the thing the moms remember most about the birth was not the pain, but how supported they felt and how involved they felt in the decisions that were happening.
Despite this, I was really torn about it, mostly because I didn't want to have to pay the extra money but after thinking about how we spent thousands of dollars for our wedding which was like 6 hours, why isn't it worth it for me to spend a few hundred to have some guidance and comfort in the dozen or so hours I'll be in labor right?
The woman I chose is my prenatal yoga teacher, is also certified in reiki and just has a very relaxing vibe about her. I'm SO GLAD we have her because not only does she support me when I may be in moments of weakness during the event, but also my husband when he needs to take a break from supporting me during and between contractions.
I also don't know what midwife and doctor will be there for the delivery because of their rotating schedules, so it also makes me happy that I will be building a relationship with my doula who will be there for the whole thing.