Every woman hopes for her birth experience to be as positive as possible. But women may feel that asking for support and kind treatment in labor shows they are less concerned about safety than a mother should be. In fact, planning for excellent support in labor is an effective way to make birth safer and healthier for you and your baby. Research shows that the availability of support in labor can affect your chances of having a cesarean, vacuum extraction, or forceps delivery; the likelihood that you will need pain medications; and your baby’s condition at birth. Labor support can help you avoid or reduce risks associated with these interventions. Research also shows that having good support can affect how you feel about your birth, and that memories of childbirth experiences often stay with women throughout their lives.
Posted in: Labor Support
- • What is labor support?
- • Who can give me support during labor and birth?