“The father’s not here? He’s in Afghanistan? That’s too bad…OK, now lay back, put your legs up here, and PUSH PUSH PUSH! And by the way, can we bring in a bunch of interns to observe you?”
Giving birth is stressful enough, but giving birth while he’s deployed is even worse. If you’re pregnant, and it’s likely that your husband or partner will be unable to attend the delivery, I encourage you to reach out for “Operation Special Delivery.”
Operation Special Delivery provides access to volunteer doulas to assist you during labor and birth.
What is a doula?
The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily. (www.dona.org)
Using a doula is one of the best ways to ensure that your little one is as healthy as possible for when they’re finally “delivered” into Daddy’s arms!