How can a doula help my spouse or partner?
Some birthing people hire a doula because they won’t have a spouse/partner present. But if your spouse/partner will be there, one of my goals as your doula is to support them in supporting you. I can help them find ways to be involved every step of the way, to the degree that they’re comfortable with, that they feel best suits them, and that holds space for the two of you, and your baby, to share this experience together.
I also try to lessen some of the pressure partners might feel in trying remember every.single.detail. they learned in childbirth class. After all, I’m the one who has chosen to be a birth professional, not them! 😀
Your partner and your doula can make a great labor support team!