A Birth Sister is a professional who is trained in childbirth and provides continuous support to a you before, during, and after birth. She:
Provides emotional support
Uses comfort measures: breathing, relaxation, movement, positioning
Continuously reassures and comforts the mother (the key word is continuous—a sister never leaves the mother’s side in labor)
Helps a mother become informed about various birth choices
Advocates for the mother and helps facilitate communication between the mother and care provide
What about my partner?
Sometimes people think that they don’t need a Birth Sister because their partner will be with them continuously throughout labor. Your partner is an essential support person for you to have by your side. However, your partner will need to eat and use the bathroom at times. Also, most partners have limited knowledge about birth, medical procedures, and what goes on in a hospital. Birth Sisters and partners can work together to make up a labor support team.