Thinking about a Doula?


I live in the States so it’s not common place and I don’t personally know anyone who has had a doula for their deliveries. But I’m worried about laboring and delivering without the support I’d wish for. I have no family within an 8 hour drive. And I just can’t count on my husband. Sometimes he’s wonderful but I just can’t count on him. I’m afraid I’m going to be on my own so I’m thinking about hiring a doula. But, do I even understand a doula’s place? I know they don’t replace your partner. And the expense may be prohibitive. Any experiences with a doula at a hospital birth in the States?