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Operation Special Delivery


Photo Credit: Mary Beth Nance

“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. (

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!


2 thoughts on “Operation Special Delivery”

  1. is a doula and a midwife the same thing or do doulas primarily just assist in hospital births, while a midwife is allowed to come to your home?

    While we lived in Germany a friend of ours gave birth at a midwife clinic. The Germans don’t allow the mother to give birth in a hospital unless there are expected complications. The clinic was much more natural and homey than a hospital, and the birth seemed much easier. I do remember a doula coming to the house for a few days after the birth to instruct mom on how to breast feed and generally check in. I was just wondering if a doula and a midwife were the same.

  2. A doula is not allowed to deliver babies, at least not here in the states. What they generally do, is they are someone to help the mother relax and support her, mostly because the mother has decided not to have any type of drugs during labor. I think this wonderful because regardless if you have a drug free birth or not, you are missing that one important factor…the support and encouragement you receive from your significant other. Wonderful to see this happening! 🙂

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