Prior to September 10th, 2015, I would have been the biggest opponent of using a doula. In fact, I have told people that they were nothing more than glorified hand holders and only took the place of the husband in the delivery room. After September 10th, 2015, I will tell people that they are worth their weight in gold. During my wife’s first labor, I was tasked with comforting, caring for and speaking for her. Her labor was about eight hours and it was mentally exhausting for me. We used a doula for my wife’s second labor and it was amazing. The second labor was around twelve hours and having a doula allowed me to prepare for the second child or take a quick twenty minute nap, in addition to caring for my wife. The doula was skillfully prepared and highly dedicated. The doula was able to get comfort supplies (if she didn’t already have them with her) from the hospital without waiting, up to date on current labor techniques and able to stick with my wife’s birth plan when my wife was unable to speak for herself. Although not medically trained the doula had worked with the hospital for numerous years and was able to tell us when something was abnormal or explain common procedures. These are things that I didn’t think about prior to labor but am glad that someone was there to handle it during labor. The doula worked through the twelve hour labor with only minor cat naps and it was great to have an extra set of hands for pictures. I would definitely recommend a doula to any expectant father.