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(Originally Published December 22, 2011)

Husbands as Birth Support

In one post I did, I mentioned the importance of validation during labor and birth.  I then asked that you think about ways that you can validate women during labor.  As I thought about this, my train of thought turned to how my husband helped to validate my ability to birth during my last labor.

I was very tired and kept telling him how I didn’t think I could do this any more(sound familiar?).  He just looked at me, and then said, “Rachel, you’ve done this before and you can do it”.  That changed my whole thought process.  When you find a woman faltering or feeling inadequate sometimes all they need is a little validation from a spouse, a friend or family, or doula.

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Rachel has worked as a register nurse (BSN from University of Utah) since 2004 with a work history in Labor and Delivery, NICU and Postpartum Care. She is also the founder of New Beginnings Doula Training which she organized in 2011. When she's not busy being a mother and grandmother, she can be found reading research papers related to some aspect of childbirth.

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