If I have a doula I don't need to do any childbirth education.
Not true. While a doula is a wonderful asset to your birth and can help encourage you and remind you of your options, nothing replaces personal education. Taking a childbirth class helps prepare you for what to expect. Especially if you are desiring a natural childbirth, an education class is the first step to line you up for success.
So if I take a childbirth class, then I shouldn't need a doula.
Not true. While having your own knowledge and being prepared for what lies ahead is incredibly important, it is easy to forget some of what you learned while in labor and you're not thinking as clearly. A doula helps remind you of what you learned, reminds you that (in a healthy delivery) what you are experiencing is normal, and reminds dad of how he can help the mom through the labor.
Both of these tools are irreplaceable in your tool belt. I am a Birth Boot Camp certified doula and I know serveral Birth Boot Camp educators in the area if you are interested.
Never heard of BBC? Learn more here. Also, check out the directory page to see the educators and doulas in your area. BBC also offers an online course if that's what works best for you family.
And as always, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Facebook.