One of the most common questions we midwives get is what is the difference between a midwife and a doula and are you able to have both? Today I will weigh in one what the biggest differences are, and why we think that having a doula at your birth is a fantastic idea.
As a father, I’ve had many moments when my wife looked at me in shock or upset, when I didn’t anticipate something that she needed. A new baby often creates many opportunities for this kind of interaction. Exhaustion, combined with the steep learning curve can make it hard for new moms to express to us what their needs are while they adjust. Combine that with the pressure she might feel to be a ‘perfect’ mom, and she might not even feel comfortable asking for help. So what’s a partner to do?