It is Valentine's Day, and my husband loves me and I'm a doula. More than that though, whenever he talks to a "dad to be," the first thing he tells them is: GET A DOULA.
Now things were not always this way. We had our first three babies in the hospital with no doula. In 2011 though, when we had our fourth baby at Mad River Hospital, we ended up having a doula. He didn't think he wanted or needed one before that, but now he says he would never ever do it again without a professional labor coach by our side.
She took the stress out of the situation and just made it more enjoyable for us both. It was still intimate and bonding for us...even more than it was before because he was so much more relaxed.
So that is why he loves doulas, but of course, I'm his favorite.