Nominee for Daddy Doula Award 2019

My husband Michael.

Why do you feel this Daddy Doula deserves the award?

My husband Michael was a great support person during the birth of our daughter. Even more so, has been his ongoing support for me post partly. He has been the best postpartum doula I could have wished for! He has helped the space for me to lean into this transformation into motherhood. I have not for one moment felt rushed, judged, lonely, isolated, lost or scared. His unwavering belief in my ability to meet our daughters needs has been so steady and strong.

He has responded intuitively to my needs, keeping me hydrated, nourished and nurtured for the first four months of baby’s life. He has allowed me space and time to explore this new version of myself and embraces my transformation fully. He has honoured my boundaries and looked after himself when he knows I am running on empty. He has deep respect for the work I do in raising our baby daughter, and empathy for the tough bits. I couldn’t have wished for a better postpartum doula, it’s helped me not only enjoy becoming a mother but relish in the beauty and potential of the transformation.

Describe your birth experience in 3 words

Safe, supported, transcendentdaddy doula Michael Simic

How did you prepare for birth?

She Births®, meditation, rest, self education

Who supported you throughout the birth?

My midwife, my mother and my husband

What was the most challenging part of the birth?

Overcoming fear

What most helped you through the birth experience?

Loving support, breathing, visualisation

What has been the best post birth care for you?

Having my husband around for 4 months!