You Deserve A Doula. You Deserve A Back Up Too. Part VI.

You Deserve A Doula. You Deserve A Back Up Too. Part VI.

We recognize that one of the reasons that people hire a doula for their birth is for continuity of care. In other words – you’re banking on a familiar face being by your side the day your baby is born.

We would love to be able to guarantee that we will be at your birth, and while we make every effort to ensure that we are, it would be irresponsible of us not to make arrangements for the possibility that we may not be.

Sometimes there are events entirely beyond our control (an illness, an injury, two babies at once) that mean we can’t be your person on your day, as planned. That is why we have carefully chosen some of the best doulas in Calgary to step in for us if we can’t be there on your day.

Still, you may be wondering what it’s actually like to have a back up doula attend your birth.

Here is what some of the clients within our collective had to share about their experience with a back up doula.

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You Deserve A Doula. You Deserve A Back Up Too. Part V.

You Deserve A Doula. You Deserve A Back Up Too. Part V.

This is part five of our back up doula series. Over the last few months, we have shared a bit more about who each of our back up doulas are so that you can get to know them and love them as much as we do. We are really looking forward to sharing the final installment of our series next month where we will share some our clients' thoughts and experiences with back up doula support.

(Did you miss Part IPart II, Part III or Part IV?)

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You Deserve A Doula. You Deserve A Back Up Too.

You Deserve A Doula. You Deserve A Back Up Too.

You love your doula. Every time you imagine your birth, it’s your doula who’s there – cheering you on, squeezing your hips, bringing cool cloths for your forehead, and supporting your partner in supporting you. You literally can’t imagine your birthing day without your doula playing an essential part.

Your doula is also imagining supporting you in all of those ways. She is aligning her life to ensure that she will be there, no matter when labour starts, or how long it takes. She feels that connection with you too.

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Why Dads Want A Doula

Why Dads Want A Doula

Woman-to-woman support has been a cornerstone of birth support throughout human history. Whether medically, physically or emotionally, women have long been depicted helping other women as they transition into motherhood.

The recent (in the grand scheme of things) addition of fathers to the childbirth process has been a welcome and needed evolution in birth support. But this can sometimes lead to concern about a trained and professional support person also joining the team.

Common fears/questions from partners often include: 

  • What will my role be if a doula is there? Aren't I enough?
  • Will she put pressure on me to aid my partner in a way I don’t feel comfortable with? 
  • That's a lot of money - do we really need her?

Instead of explaining my very biased (yes, doulas are amazing!) point of view, I reached out to some dads I've previously worked with. Here’s what they had to say...

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