* Establish a personal relationship with you and your
* Help you explore your birth options.
* Assist in writing a birth plan.
* Practice comfort measures.
* Help you with questions regarding birth and where
to go to find the answers so that you can make
informed choices about your care. (We loan books!)
* Be available for reassurance.
* On call 24/7 for your birth.
During Labor and Birth:
* Hold your hand.
* Massage you.
* Help you breathe.
* Walk with you.
* Talk to you.
* Comfort you.
* Encourage you.
* Help you to stay focused.
* Suggest positional changes.
* Hold you during contractions.
* Keep you fed and hydrated.
* Guide your partner.
* Assist your partner.
* Run, fetch, and carry as needed.
* Hold your hair if you vomit.
* Clean up if you do.
* Bring you compresses, hot or cold.
* Kneel, squat, bend, and lift as necessary to make you
* Stay with you continuously unless you ask me to
* Remind you of your birth plan and help you achieve
* Remind staff of your birth plan and goals.
* Create a space for you and your partner when
considering options that deviate from your plan.
* Support and respect the choices you make.
* Encourage the staff to allow baby to remain with you
for the "golden hour" following birth for bonding and
* Assist with first feeding if necessary.
* Make sure you and your partner are settled and
ready for me to leave before I go.
* Check in with you the following day and set up a
time to review the birth with you.
* Meet with you and your partner to review your birth,
get feedback on my services, answer any non-
medical questions, and admire your baby.
* Be available with breastfeeding assistance if