For the most part, the final stretch of pregnancy is spent asking the final down and dirty questions about labour and beyond. Discussions that include formerly un-speakable subjects: maxi-pads and stool softeners become common-place.
No longer the cigar-pending, jumpy but blameless bystander. Labour is a massive task, requiring the greatest support and it’s dad that’s expected to be up-to-date and on-task.
Having a complete and comprehensive labour know-how, whilst remaining entirely peace-loving is dad’s duty; sounds supernatural and it is. However, as much as your partner might strive for this hero-status, the stakes are high and it can get dicey.
The word ‘doula’ is a Greek word and it means to ‘mother the mother’, a perfect job description.
As a doula, I’m not medically trained, like a midwife, nor do I have the expertise to deliver a baby but what I do offer is a supportive role in the journey of a pregnant woman. I support her in many ways and I work with her, to create a positive and memorable birth.