It’s always great to see discussion of doulas in mainstream media. The NY Times published this article about the growing popularity of doulas and efforts to integrate us more fully into the health care system.
My only qualm with it is that I hope people don’t think doulas are only for couples in which the father doesn’t want to be involved in the birth process, like the father profiled. A huge part of our role is helping fathers and partners be the best support possible for the mother. With most couples, I work hand in hand with the father or partner.
One dad described us as the sideline coach for him; another as the skydiving instructor reminding him when to pull the parachute cord.
To the extent the couple wants the husband/partner to be the primary support person, often the biggest part of our job is to help them do just that.
– Jocelyn, Ohana Founder & Doula