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I'm also a doula, and since we didnt have a doula when we gave birth, my dh was thrilled when i told him that I was going to become one.
He said "I read some books and went to classes, but basically, I had NO IDEA what to DO in the labour. I could see my beloved wife in pain and I was virtually helpless. she had really strong back labour for more than 2 days, with 24 hours of strong contractions every 5 minutes like clockwork. She needed me to press on her back hard through every contraction for all that time, and by the end, I was just so burned out.
Having a doula there, someone who actually knows what she's doing, someone who is familliar to the mother (rather than a stranger nurse or Dr who may just change shifts right when you start to become comfortable with them), someone who can sub you if you need to take a break, who isn't emotionally attatched, who knows the technical ins and outs of the medical system, who its there, answerable to you and you alone and is totally committed to seeing you through the labour...
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