Dads and Doulas

addPregnancy, birth and the postpartum period are times of adjustment for all. Doulas come alongside dad and other support people to care for mom, but also to care for the entire family unit. A doula does not take the place of partner or dad, his role is unique and important.

During pregnancy a doula can help:

  • Assist you in building your partner’s confidence in her ability to give birth
  • Explain how important your role is during labor and prepare you for it
  • Provide evidence based information about pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period so you and your partner can make informed decisions together

During labor a doula can help:

  • Provide behind the scenes reminders of how to support your partner while you take an active role in assisting her during labor
  • Provide practical support such as remaining with mom if you need a moment, or leaving to get something so you do not have to leave your partner
  • Assist in providing a positive birth experience by remaining calm
  • Tag-team with you to provide as much physical support as your partner desires
  • Bring professional labor support skills to provide you and your partner with the support you desire
  • Keep everyone supported during any separations. She can stay with mom while you go with baby, or vice versa, ensuring no one is left feeling unsupported or guilty for having to be with one or the other

During the postpartum period a doula can help:

  • Provide practical support as you and mom adjust to life with a newborn
  • Provide evidence based information and support for infant care
  • Explain your role in supporting breastfeeding and how to build your partners confidence
  • Facilitate infant bonding by providing suggestions and opportunities
  • Support you so you can support your partner
  • Assist mom during her adjustment to more solo care as you return to work or other responsibilities

Being open and honest about your concerns, expectations, and desires can help your doula to better support you and your partner. At Flexible Doula Care it is our desire to build confident parents and facilitate a strong bond between mom, dad, and baby in the greater Philadelphia area.