A doula can never replace the love and support that your partner can provide. You are bound to experience a wide range of emotions at your birth. You may feel excited, anxious, or potentially fearful. Michelle will help you cope with all the fears and anxieties both of you may have.
A doula is sympathetic, and informed. I can be a quiet, calm presence offering both of you reassurance. Birth partners are generally more involved because the pressure of the unknown is removed and both of your needs are being met. The doula gives helpful suggestions about what comfort measures work best during different stages. Because this is an intimate experience between you and your partner, your doula may stay in the background to allow privacy. In the event of a long or difficult labour the doula can give the one-on-one attention the mother needs, while the partner takes a break or rests. A doula will help both the mom and partner to relax, and help to ease their concerns therefore allowing them both to enjoy this remarkable experience.
"Our doula was specific in asking what my participation level was, and what I wanted."- Chad, first time dad
"Having a doula before, during and after the birthing process allowed me to feel comfortable, confident and secure in my decision making. I learned a lot about the baby's development and what to expect during the pregnancy and at the birth. I felt like I had a coach nearby to alleviate my anxieties and fears. Michelle was able to do this because she is non-judgmental, very open and does not speak in euphemisms." - first time dad