Does a doula replace my partner or other support person?

No, a doula is supportive to both the mother and her partner, and plays a crucial role in helping a partner become involved in the birth to the extent he/she feels comfortable. Partners are having their own experience at birth and it’s not fair to expect them to know how to meet all a birthing woman’s needs. Partners usually love having a doula to back them up, to provide explanations and suggestions and allow them to take a break when needed.