In childbirth, as in many aspects of life, you’ll do best when surrounded by those you trust—by people who encourage and reassure you that you are doing well. Only invite people who will support and help build your confidence. Your birth should not feel like a performance.
Good labor support is making sure you’re not disturbed, respecting the time that labor takes and reminding you that you know how to birth your baby. It's creating a space where you feel safe and secure and can do the hard work of labor without worry.
Here are some tips for building a support team from within your friends and/or family:
Research says that having a doula (a trained labor support professional) as part of your labor support team provides the most benefits. But how do you find someone who is a good fit to be part of your labor support team? Here are some tips:
Good birth support can include reminding you to eat and drink, wiping your face or brushing your hair. It can mean helping you change positions, giving you a massage, putting a cool cloth on your forehead or whispering words of encouragement. It can be your partner holding your hand and reminding you how beautiful and strong you are. It can be your doula focusing complete attention on you as you cope with each contraction. Good birth supporters try to respond to all your physical and emotional needs throughout labor.
A Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator is your trusted partner for one of the most important journeys of your life.
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