Dads and doulas

March 30th, 2011

This page is for women and their partners. Below I have listed brief summaries of articles, recommended readings and videos, that discuss the important role partners play in the birth process.


DONA’s positions paper  

DONA provides insight to how a mother can have the best of both worlds with her partner and doula present. DONA believes that the loving care and attention a partner provides matched with a doula’s expertise and guidance is a winning combination for laboring mothers. To find out more click on the link below:
“Dads and Doulas”

Doula Care for Middle Class Women with Male Partners Substantially Lowers Cesarean Rates                                McGrath, S. K., & Kennell, J. H. (2008). A randomized controlled trial of continuous labor support for middle-class couples: Effect on cesarean delivery rates. Birth, 35(2), 92-97. [Abstract]

This article provides statistical data that demonstrates the benefits of having a doula present during labor and delivery.


The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions (Third Edition) by Penny Simkin- This book provides well organized information for both women and their partners.  It’s an easy to read book with a great deal of  information to help prepare a couple for the birth process. This completely updated edition includes thorough information on:

  • preparing for labor and knowing when it has begun
  • normal labor and how to help the woman every step of the way
  • epidurals and other medications for labor
  • non-drug techniques for easing labor pain
  • cesarean birth and complication that may require it
  • breastfeeding and newborn care


The following videos are from Theses videos provide information about the partners perspective of having a doula present at the birth. These are interviews of two of dads who have had a doula present at the birth of their child.  To view these videos click here (Note: this is a 3 part series):