As a doula for almost 15 years, I've often heard from the partners of pregnant women that they're unsure what to do or say during the pregnancy and birth. Many have told me that they feel like an outsider and find it hard to relate because this magical experience isn't taking place inside of them.
Fortunately, I've started to notice a trend in my doula practice where more and more mindful dads are getting involved in the pregnancy and birth process. That's great news because, partners: your energy matters more than you know! In fact, when prepping my clients for birth I always ask, "What helps you feel safe in unknown situations, when you feel scared or in pain?" And almost 100 percent of the the time, my clients say, "My partner."
Here are six ways partners can support women during labor and birth and be an amazing "dude-la":