Labor support tools have been used for many years by birthing women and the community supporting them throughout the process of labor and birth. These traditional techniques helped birthing women cope with labor sensations and progress in their birth.
The Labor Support Tools Series was designed to enrich newly certified birth professionals and help them expand and practice the variety of labor support tools and comfort measures for labor. The series includes four video segments from DVD Practicing for an Active Birth; The most Comprehensive Hands-on Guide for a Healthy and Active Phase.
The series presents labor support tools and comfort measures in correlation with the different phases of childbirth: Each of the four classes begins with an informative description of the physiological and emotional symptoms of the specific labor phase it presents and continues to suggest and demonstrate the best techniques which will help the mother cope and progress. Pacing labor support tools is an important skill for doulas, and a great way to help childbirth educators assist their students to categorize the tools and remember how to use them effectively throughout the birth.
Your role is to help your clients understand the labor phase they’re in – what happens in their body physiologically and anatomically in this phase, and how can they cope and progress in the labor.
By studying this series you can expect to learn the following techniques:
- Breathing techniques
- Massage techniques
- Visualization and guided imagery
- Analyzing birth progress and choosing the best technique in order to help birthing others to cope and progress to the next phase.