Health Update: How Friends May Make Labor Easier

Do You Have a Partner Who Won't Mind?

We're not suggesting you kick your significant other out of the room; in fact, this third party will be there for both of you. "Labor can be a stressful time for dads too," says Campbell. "And many men may actually feel more comfortable knowing they're not the only one in the room." The main point of the doula is to provide the mom-to-be with continuous, uninterrupted support -- so your husband won't feel guilty about making a bathroom run or stepping out to update the family in the waiting room.

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