Daddies + Doulas, A Dynamic Duo
It is common for daddies-to-be to have hesitations in hiring a doula. This feeling is totally understandable. In fact, my husband felt this way when I was pregnant.
If the birth partner is a hands-on type of person and wants to have an active role in birth, then the idea of a doula can feel threatening. The last thing the birth partner wants is to feel bossed around or overshadowed.
But do you want to know the really cool thing about doulas? We want daddies to be the heroes too!
My job is to support mothers, oftentimes by supporting the fathers, whether that means serving as a gopher fetching needed staples like water, food, or wash cloths, or giving daddies tips on how to rub the laboring mother's back just right to help relieve her contractions... or simply sitting on the sidelines in case a backup or extra ideas are needed.
The following is a testimonial straight from the mouth of a daddy I had the pleasure of working with recently: