Friday, June 14, 2013

What dads-to-be want

I think it is a universal truth that most dads-to-be want to help their partners during labor.  But how?

I meet many dads-to-be who say they want to play an active role in the birth of their child.  And I meet tons of moms-to-be who tell me they don't need a doula because their husband is going to be their support person.  That is fantastic!  But, your husband has never done this before either.  And he probably hasn't read as many books as you have. :-) 

One of my favorite parts of my job is teaching the Yoga Birth Method to expecting couples.  I like to scan the room at the beginning of the class, because it sometimes seems like the dads aren't all that excited to be there.  However, they ALWAYS leave feeling empowered and excited for the upcoming birth of their baby.


Because in this workshop, I teach couples how to use yoga poses and breathing techniques to:
  • help labor progress
  • help you stay connected to your baby and each other
  • help manage pain

Moms-to-be learn yoga poses while the dads learn hands-on ways to assist each pose to offer comfort, encouragement and gentle support.

Dads-to-be leave with a "cheat sheet" that details what yoga poses work for each stage of labor.  They learn specific tools and this seems to really resonate with men.

To learn more and see upcoming dates of my workshops, click here!  

Darcy Sauers is a certified Yoga Birth Method instructor and a Prenatal Yoga teacher.  She is also a DONA certified Postpartum Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor.  Darcy teaches prenatal yoga classes and Yoga Birth Method workshops and private sessions in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire.  She is the owner of Dover Doula and a member of Great Bay Doulas.  Darcy lives in Dover, NH with her husband and three children.  For more information on  her upcoming classes and workshops, please visit  She can be reached at 603-988-5945 or