It’s been a little while since we last posted, we know. We’re sorry – we’ve missed you, too! We promise we had a good reason … we made a movie! Well, more of a short video, to be exact.
In the five years that we’ve been working as professional doulas in Montreal, Jenny and I have noticed that many partners/dads/non-gestational parents are a little less familiar with the concept of doula support than their spouses, and often feel a little unsure about hiring one at first. This is totally understandable. After all, the pregnant person is the one who’s actually, you know, growing the baby, so the pregnancy often feels a little more “real” to them in the early stages, and they’ve usually done a TON of research and planning by the time the pee has dried off the stick.
Very often, when Jenny and I first sit down with a couple, the dad or partner seems kinda skeptical, but once we can explain what our role is and the whole birth team gets to know one another, they get right on board. It’s important to us that they know that doulas don’t replace partners – we enhance their role. As Jenny always says, “We know birth, but you know each other.”
This got us thinking: maybe it would help expectant parents to hear from dads who’ve worked with Montreal doulas. What was it like? How did doulas help them? Would they hire one again? And if they could go back in time before the birth and give themselves one piece of advice, what would it be?
A giant thank-you needs to go out to my husband Chris, who shot and co-edited the video, and to the parents who shared their story with us.
Let us know what your experiences with doula support were, and stay tuned for more video content from Two Doulas: we kinda like this whole directing thing.