A lot of birthing women and their partners have the fear of hiring a doula. They may feel that a doula will “replace” the Dad and he will no longer have a leading role in support. Dads can feel that their partner doesn’t trust them and they may worry that a doula’s presence may interfere with the intimacy of the birth experience.
Be assured that a doula will never replace the father’s role during birth. Doulas compliment the birth partner and together they are able to provide an amazing support team for the mother. Birth can often be an overwhelming event for many fathers – Since fathers were brought into labor and delivery in the 1960's and 1970's often times they were the only support person available to the mother, they are to remember everything from childbirth preparation classes, physically and emotionally support the mother, and take care of themselves all while experiencing the birth of their child too! This is an overwhelming task for even the most well informed father to be. When a doula is present, she can offer her expertise to help lessen some of the pressure on Dad so that he can more effectively support the birthing mother.
These are just a few ways a doula can assist the father during the birthing process.
I am a DONA Certified birth Doula. Serving the greater Kansas City metro area. I am also Rebozo and Dad Certified and a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. My heart's passion is to be able to work within the birthing community to serve expecting women through the childbearing experience.