just for dads
Today many childbirth classes emphasize the role of the partner as coach, suggesting they educate themselves on how to help labor progress or help the mother cope with pain. This may be a lot to expect, especially if you have not been through the childbirth experience before. It is an emotionally charged event for you as well.
A doula is there to help you, as much as she helps the mother. The doula will allow you to be there and participate to your fullest potential. She will give you guidance on how to be most supportive, or she will step in to help.
When my wife told me she was considering hiring a Doula, I was skeptical. I thought, “Why pay money to have someone in the delivery room that you hardly know?” Man, was I wrong!