Who You Should Have in Delivery Room | Pregnancy


So, who should you have with you when you
give birth? The most important thing is to have a labor
companion. This labor companion can be your life partner,
a family member, a friend, anyone who is there to support you in having the type of birth
that you would like to have. It’s really really important that your labor
companion is somebody who can listen to you, and understand what you’re trying to share
when you express a need. Your labor companion should be somebody that
supports you and that choices that you make during this process. It’s very important to have that supportive
person by your side. It’s someone who can go and get something
for you to eat or drink, hold your hand, and really use the partner techniques and other
comfort measures to help you have a positive birthing experience. Another labor companion option is to have
a labor support doula. A labor support doula is a professional who
has been trained in understanding the physiological and emotional responses of a woman during
birth. A doula can begin to support you in pregnancy,
will then have prenatal visits with you in your home to discuss your hopes and expectations
for the birth, and give you suggestions of how to labor at home. As doulas, we really highly recommend laboring
at home as long as possible, so that you can best determine the right time to go to the
hospital. If this is not your first baby and you have
other children, you might want to consider having your other children at the birth with
you as well. This is something to really speak with your
care provider about, and depending on your child’s age really making the right decision
about whether or not this would be appropriate for your children. So these are all things to keep in mind when
deciding about who to have by your side at your birth.

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