Childbirth Can Be One Of The Most Challenging Times Of Your Life So Why Go Through It Alone?

Childbirth can be one of the most challenging times of your life so why go through it alone? Childbirth Educator Kira Smith (ICCE) tells us why having a support person during labor and birth is important.
Kira Smith , ICCE

Your question
My husband is in the military, and won't be here for my baby's birth. Do I really need a coach for my birth? If so, who should I ask?

The expert answers
Yes, I think you really need to have someone, maybe a relative, trusted friend or professional labor support person with you for your birth. Depending on your relationship you may want to ask your mom, mother-in-law, sister or aunt. If you have a close friend with whom you feel comfortable you could ask her as well. The reason that any of these people can be helpful is that they will support you, help you, distract you and advocate for you.

Another option is a professional labor support person or doula. A doula is a woman who has been trained to help women in labor and the postpartum period. She will have attended other births, know what to expect and offer you suggestions on how to handle your labor be it through position changes, comfort measures, relaxation exercises, pushing techniques or massage etc. She will be with you throughout your birth unlike your nurse, doctor or midwife. Additionally, having a doula has been shown in clinical research to reduce the length of labor, medical procedures and complications.

- Kira Smith, M.Ed,

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