Birth doulas work collaboratively with partners to provide comprehensive support during childbirth. Especially for first time parents, the role of supporting partner in the labor and delivery room can be an intimidating one! Some partners are uncomfortable in hospital settings or with the sight of blood. It can also be challenging to see your partner in major discomfort or pain. And of course there’s the reality that sometimes birth doesn’t go 100% according to plan - and the care team will be looking to both of you to make decisions in the moment. For these reasons (and many more!) partners often find the presence of a birth doula comforting and empowering.
If you’re interested in possibly having a birth doula support you in labor, you may be wondering what your interaction will be like with the birth doula. Here's a number of ways that birth doulas commonly work with partners:
By working closely with partners, birth doulas aim to create a supportive and cohesive environment during childbirth. They strive to empower partners to actively participate in the birth experience while offering guidance and assistance when needed. It's important for partners to communicate their needs and expectations with the doula to establish a collaborative and trusting relationship.
If you're a partner interested in learning more about working with a birth doula - reach out. We would love to help you find a doula to support you and your partner on this most amazing journey.
Birth Doulas are trained professionals who can provide emotional, physical, and informational support for a great labor experience.
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