Advantages of Labor Support

“Women supporting other women through labor is an ageless tradition common to all cultures”

I wanted to post some information on the benefits of having labor support when the big day arrives !  A knowledgable woman there with you both – because don’t forget dad is expecting a baby too –  the emotional support, practical suggestions for working with contractions and pain are some of the many benefits of having someone in your court for the duration – it is worth its weight in gold.

Nurses are in and out of the labor room checking your stats and progress, as their work shifts end a new nurse arrives making it hard to form a connection with one person.

I was lucky enough to have my husband, dear friend and a midwife as we went into the hospital with the goal of a successful VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-section).

The never-ending support for myself and husband from both Lauren and Nancy enabled our sons birth to go  smoothly without any hitches, and exactly 12 hours after my water broke he arrived safely into the world, un-medicated.

It was the hardest thing I have ever done and many times I doubted my ability to breathe through those intense contractions and focus on the goal!  But both women were there talking me through those doubtful moments with the holding of a hand or a cold glass of water.

Having already had a c-section  I knew that if I went down the road of chemical inductions and epidurals it probably would have lead to another c-section.

ALACE – The Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to supporting woman-centered childbirth – they recently published these amazing facts;

Controlled trials involving over 1000 women demonstrate that the presence of a Labor Assistant results in:

  • 50% decrease in cesarean sections
  • 25%decrease in length of labor
  • 30% decrease in the use of forceps
  • 40% decrease in the use of oxytocin
  • 60% decrease in the use of epidurals
  • 30% decrease in use of pain medications (narcotics)

To find a labor assistant or doula in your area check out ALACE

 

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