If a woman is having a hard time during labor, acknowledge it; remind her to do only one contraction at a time. Describe a hard contraction as a "good" one. When you make suggestions, tell her why the shower feels so good, why a walk will move things around, why a change of scene is good, why you're going to give her some privacy, why making deep sounds will open her up.
Linda McHale, CPM & Barbara Noble Schelling, CPM
Reprinted from Midwifery Today E-News (Vol 2 Issue 1, Jan 7, 2000)
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