Doulas can help you in ways no one else
can! Your partner may be a fantastic source of support, as the two of you
share a special bond as you become parents together. But partners have their
own journey to parenthood, and it can be a heavy load provide support during
labor as well as manage their own inner questions and experience. Doulas can
help by providing practical support for partners, to allow them a few
minutes' break every now and again to rest, eat, and regroup. Many partners
also appreciate having an experienced supporter present who can reassure
them about what is happening, and offer tips and demonstrations of comfort
techniques. With a doula present, many partners actually feel more confident
about their role at the birth and are able to be more active.
Your doctor will also play a key role in
supporting you. But doctors usually are able to check on you only briefly
from time to time throughout your labor, and cannot provide support in your
home in the early stages. Doulas can!
Nurses are able to stay with you for longer
periods, once you are in hospital, but with shift changes, paperwork, and
many other women to care for at once, they can't always give you undivided
attention. Doulas can!
What all this means for you is that doulas are part of a whole team where
each member has a special role to play in supporting you for your birth.
What is a doula?
Choosing a doula
Partners and doulas