Hi, the question I have is that my niece hasn't taken any lamaze classes! This is her first baby, first of all she didn't think she was going to need it because two things she has a heart shape uterus, and the baby was breech. Well good news is that the baby is no longer breech, but she is due any day. Im worried, because im going to be one of her coaches while she is in labor. I have 3 children of my own, but youngest is 17 its been awhile, so what im asking is what should she do or I do?
Good labor support amounts to "mothering the mother," and since you have children of your own, you certainly have the experience you need to be with your niece. To give you some specific ideas, I'm going to paste in the four domains of supportive care used in the research together with examples. This is an excerpt from the manuscript for my forthcoming book Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach (in press).
Here, too, is a link to Lamaze's set of "Healthy Birth" videos that should prove helpful as well. I recommend that both you and your niece watch them.
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