Purpose and Value of Labor Support.
The purpose of labor support is:
*Understanding the birth process for eliminating fears of the unknown. To make you, as comfortable and relaxed as possible to facilitate the natural process of birth.
*To Provide Emotional support is essential. Giving the you the information you need to feel secure and in control will lessens your fears, you can then concentrate on relaxation techniques to ease the pain of labor.
*To Decrease Medical Interventions when your informed, calm and laboring at your own pace; good emotional support is necessary to make your laboring environment feel safe and non-threatening.
*To Provide Pain Relief Measures: trained to give massage and other non-pharmacological pain relief measures. I as your labor support team member I will suggest different positions for laboring, such as rocking on a labor ball, squatting, or side lying, to name a few. I will coach you and your birthing partner with breathing, positions visualization, and relaxation techniques.
*To Suggest Pain Prevention Management: Hydrotherapy is another effective form of pain control and many women find great relief in the birthing tub or standing or sitting in a warm shower during labor.
*To Provide a Comfortable Birthing Environment: For example, if you feel better in a darkened room with a cooler temperature, I'll see that the drape is drawn for you and the thermostat is turned down. As your advocate, my primary responsibility to support you with comfort and more importantly your safety while you are laboring.
*To Provide Encouragement: truthfully telling you what a great job your doing. How great your handling your contractions,reminding you to relax tense muscles. your partner will go through the entire labor and delivery with you and I'll remain with you for a few hours postpartum while breast-feeding is being established.
*To Provide Suggestions: I cannot however, provide medical or clinical services or speak for you. I may explain procedures that are being performed so you can then make an informed decision for yourself, but I may not act unprofessionally at anytime.
Quality & Value:
*Dad is included in the labor process if he so chooses, suggesting ways in which to make dad feels more supported. The new father is provided with the tools to be an active participant in his child’s birth by guiding the father in comfort measures that will benefit both mother and baby.