Let me count the ways....we can reassure them that everything is normal and right on time. We calmly explain what's happening if a curve ball is thrown and a medical intervention must take place. We provide information about interventions if one is suggested by your maternity care provider to "speed things up." We will remind your partner to ask your care provider for any known risks and possible benefits of the suggested procedure or medicine (since you may not be able to speak or think clearly). This allows time for informed consent and consideration of your original birth plan and all the available options.
Our presence at a labor allows the partner to take breaks, make phone calls, use the bathroom and catch a quick nap. If your partner wants to be your main support person and actively involved, we support them by showing where to apply counter pressure, massage, etc. We provide an extra pair of loving hands during labor and help to relieve the load of stress on the shoulders of your partner.