For Partners

Whether a partner wants to be physical and hands-on in his or her role, or be there mainly for emotional support “at the head of the bed” (as some put it!) I’m happy to accommodate! As your doula, I strive to fill whatever the need is in your birthing space,  complementing your partner’s involvement in the birth, giving breaks, offering ideas, if needed, of how to support you, and more. My role is not to replace or exclude your partner, but include, and make him or her feel more comfortable and capable during your labour.

Here is an excerpt from an excellent article from DONA.org, about partners’ participation in birth, and how a doula complements their supporting role:

“Many partners are eager to be involved during labor and birth. Others, no less loving or committed to the mother’s well-being, find it difficult to navigate in uncharted waters. With a doula, the partner can share in the birth at a level that feels most comfortable. The doula’s skills and knowledge can help the partner to feel more relaxed. If the partner wants to offer physical comfort, such as a back massage or change of positions, and help the mother to stay focused during contractions, the doula can provide that guidance and make suggestions for what may work best.”

Full article “Dads, Partners, and Doulas”

Mama Matters – The Doula: A Dad’s Perspective, Part One from Joel Park on Vimeo.

Mama Matters – The Doula: A Dad’s Perspective, Part Two from Joel Park on Vimeo.

Mama Matters – The Doula: A Dad’s Perspective, Part Three from Joel Park on Vimeo.