Updated: Jan 10
Fathers, husbands, boyfriends, wives, and partners are an important presence in the birth room, if the birthing person chooses to have one there. Supportive partners can be so vital during labor, as they can help ground and anchor new mothers during this extremely intense time. Partners who are comfortable with being involved in the labor can assist with pain management, breathing, massages, and whatever the birthing person needs. Doulas can offer guidance to partners and show them certain positions and places to apply counter pressure, so that now the mother has a full room of support and attention on her. One of my favorite parts of being a doula is coming along side the family and offering them support as a whole, and giving the partner space to enjoy the birth of his child and to just be there with his partner during those intense moments. Partners are emotionally involved just as the birthing person is, and intense moments hit him/her hard too. My goal as a doula is to provide unwavering support during those moments, and knowing the technical stuff so that you can focus on the birth of your baby.