My role as a doula is to support mamas both physically and emotionally but also to support their partners both physically and emotionally. I can provide partners with breaks, answer partner’s questions, provide partners with suggestions on different ways he or she can support the mama, and take pictures so the partner can focus fully on the birth. Birth is a very intimate time between a mama and her partner, and I hope to help foster this connection and allow partners to be fully present for the birth. My job is absolutely not to replace the partner. The partner’s role during this process is irreplaceable. Rather, I am another part of your birth team, and we all work together to create the space and birthing experience that you hope to have.
Here are some links to articles about partners and doulas, a couple of which have been written by partners on their experience working with a doula: