A very common concern among expecting parents when considering a doula for their birth is how involved the partner will be once the doula joins them. There is a fear that the partner will somehow be replaced by the doula in supporting the laboring woman. When you choose a professional doula who understands how important the family unit is in birth, you will never have to worry about her interposing herself into you and your partner’s birth experience.
A professional doula know that it’s not about her—it’s about you, your partner, and your baby.
A skilled doula will seamlessly join you in your labor and observe how you and your partner interact. She will encourage you both as you work together to bring your baby into the world. She will give you the security and confidence of a skilled doula so that when suggestions or encouragement is needed, she is there to provide it. She will remind your partner to care for themselves as well, by taking breaks as necessary to refuel and rest.
She is an extra set of hands for the more physically demanding parts of labor. She is a compassionate heart for the difficult times. And she is the calm and steady voice of reason in the sea of emotions that labor can produce. She knows when and how to provide the type of support you and your partner need at any given moment during your labor. She respects your privacy, supports your desires, and will do everything in her power to help you both have the most satisfying birth experience possible.
If the time comes when you and your partner need to make a quick decision regarding your birth, your professional doula can provide you with unbiased, factual information regarding the procedures so that you can make the best decision for you. She has no opinion on what you should or shouldn’t do. Her job is simply to inform you of benefits, risks, and alternatives when information is needed so that you are better able to make fully informed decisions.
And no matter what you choose, you will have her unwavering support throughout the entire process.
A professional doula perfectly compliments a laboring woman and her partner. She is your personal guide through one of the most significant and life-changing events you’ll ever experience. She’ll follow your lead as your instincts guide you, she’ll hold your space as you ride the waves of labor together, and she will be there when you need a guiding light through the storm.
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