Congratulations!!! You’ve been invited to be somebody’s labor coach! Either that or you’re pregnant. This column will help both of you. One section “Coaches Column”, will help any reluctant or childbirth challenged person navigate his or her way through what might seem like a jungle of funny breathing patterns, embarrassing positions and messy bodily fluids. “Survival of the Fittest” will cover a range of topics relating to labor, childbirth and newborns. Last, but not least, the “Top Tens” will be a list of top ten’s that relate to coaching, labor or babies.
Reading this column weekly will help the time challenged coach, repeat coach or distant coach become a better, more confident guide through labor. This blog should not replace childbirth classes, as classes can offer expectant families, the camaraderie of others living through the same excitement, joys, fears and doubts (and complaints) that Mom and Dad or coach are experiencing. Sometimes its nice for Mom to know that she’s not the only one that’s been nauseous for the last seven months or who’s feet can swell to two times their normal size on any given day.