The role of the doula is never to take the place of husbands or partners in labor but rather to compliment and enhance their experience. Today more husbands play an active role in the birth process than ever before. This doesn’t always mean they will know exactly how to carry out that role. It will look different for every family.
By having a doula as a part of the birth team, a father is free to take part in whatever he chooses. Doulas can encourage the father on how and when to use comfort techniques and the doula can step in if dad needs a break. Having a doula allows the father to support his partner emotionally during labor and birth and to also enjoy the experience without the added pressure of trying to remember everything he learned in childbirth class!