I'm 39 weeks pregnant with my first child (yikes!) and just decided to hire a doula to help me through labor and delivery and also translation. She told me that I have to get permission from my hospital - especially since hospitals here typically only allow 1 person and they also typically misunderstand / hate doulas. Well, it's getting to be common practice in the US and I need to have both a doula and my husband with me as that's my cultural preference.
Anyone have experience getting a doula into the hospital? A friend told me there might be a law in France against limiting me to only 1 person. What if my husband faints or gets sick? What if we both forget EVERYTHING from our classes? God forbid, what if he just needs to use the toilet and I'm left alone and terrified and unable to defend myself from poking and prodding?
Can you tell that a doula would be good for me? Thanks a bunch!