A Birth Sister will meet with you 3-4 times while you are pregnant. She will help you create a birth plan that outlines the kind of birth you want to have. She will help you make educated choices, navigate your prenatal care and support any decision you make without judgement.
When you go into labor, your Birth Sister will be with you every step of the way. She will go to your home and help you know when it’s time to go to the hospital, or call your doctor or midwife. She will help you understand what is happening so you can make the best decisions for yourself and your baby. She will offer massage, comfort and natural pain relief techniques. She will listen to you, advocate for you and respect you.
A Birth Sister will come to your home after your baby is born to offer support that is unique to your needs. She will talk with you about your labor and birth and answer your questions, help with breastfeeding, meal preparation and light housework, newborn care and education, will guide your family and friends to ensure that you have the long-term support you need, and provide referrals to local community resources.
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, most partners have limited knowledge about birth, medical procedures or what goes on in a hospital. Birth Sisters and partners work together to make up the ideal labor team for a supported and satisfying birth.