Here’s another student response to the question: What does labor support mean to you?
I have been passionate and interested about pregnancy, labor and delivery for many years now. Often women have so many fears, anxieties and unknowns going into labor, as their doula I would like to inform them of everything I know and have studied over the years. A woman who is entering into labor (especially for the first baby) sometimes has no idea what to expect or what exactly is going to happen to her body. I want to be their labor support in order to help calm their fears, keep them well-informed through-out the labor, give dad a break from emotional stress of labor, be constantly there to help with whatever the mother needs. Sometimes it will be just to be reassured that everything is ok and progressing exactly as it should, or to rub the lower back during contractions and applying counter pressure, watch and time her contractions to see how close until baby will arrive etc. Often in hospitals nurses and doctors have so many babies being born in the same day that they cannot pay as much attention as they would like to their moms in labor, that is why having your own doula is helpful to be at your side for whatever you need.