Doulas aren’t just there for the mum. They are there to help the fathers as well.
How do doulas help dads?
- Guilt free breaks. Stepping in to help
when the partner needs a short break.
Labour is hard work, not just for the woman, but for those supporting her!
- Helping dads be helpful. Sometimes dad wants to be help but he’s not sure where to begin. Or he may feel intimidated by the medical staff coming in and out of the room. The doula can empower him to support his partner.
- Emotional support. Providing reassurance
to the partner as well as the woman giving birth. If a partner has never
seen a woman in labour
before, it can be very reassuring to have someone focused on his
needs to answer questions, give an encouraging smile, and put
everything into context! This is an amazing journey for partners too!
- Less pressure. With a doula present the couple will not need to worry about forgetting their birth plans or trying to remember the pros and cons of interventions. Also for the father who wishes to take a back seat, a doula allows him to relax and experience the birth without being actively involved.