Being a Great Coach

-Read through vocabulary acronyms (may show up on chart)

-Practice the sensory recall relaxation exercise outlined on pg 88

-Continue eating healthy, counting protein, and doing exercises

COACH’S READINESS CHECKLIST

-Fill out pg 89-90

WHOSE JOB IS IT?

-Fill out pg 91

 

ARE YOU READY?

-Read through pg 92

 

THE B.E.S.T WAY TO HANDLE YOUR LABOR

-Read through pg 93-96

 

ARE YOU READY TO DO YOUR BEST?

DON’T PAY ATTENTION TOO SOON

  1. If they become stronger or closer regardless of activity
  2. 10 minutes apart or less and lasting 60 seconds or longer
  3. Contractions: If they continue after you eat, drink, sleep, shower, walk (and become stronger and closer together); Behavioral signs: acceptance and seriousness; Physical signs: no longer hungry or talkative, may be sweating, uncomfortable if disturbed

FACE YOUR LABOR CALMLY

  1. eat, drink, walk, shower, nap
  2. cause contractions to be ineffective, cause contractions to stop, contractions can be more painful

GO HOME IF YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR BIRTH PLACE TOO EARLY

  1. coach, birth team, Bradley teacher
  2. if signs show early labor and you are less than 5cm, then you should consider going home

USE RELAXATION TO HANDLE CONTRACTIONS

  1. energy; unnecessary 
  2. relax; voice; touch
  3. practice relaxation, nutrition, and exercise

USE NORMAL, ABDOMINAL BREATHING

  1. altered breathing wastes energy and can cause hyperventilation and tension
  2. true

WALK DURING LABOR

  1. speeds
  2. true

KEEP DRINKING DURING LABOR

  1. replace fluids, prevent dehydration, keeps body functioning properly (hormones are less effective if you are dehydrated)
  2. high blood pressure; rise in temperature; rise in pulse rate; decreased energy

EAT IF YOU’RE HUNGRY

  1. energy and strength
  2. am I hungry; what for; how long since I last ate?
  3. clear fluids, jello, popsicles, hard candy, honey

SLEEP IF YOU’RE SLEEPY

  1. sleep
  2. wake her a few seconds before
  3. sometimes
  4. yes, wake her just before next contraction

STAY ACTIVE AS LONG AS YOU CAN

  1. staying active generally gives good results, labor is not an illness, moving helps avoid boredom and may keep things progressing
  2. when you are tired
  3. walking, showering, games, TV, talking music, shopping

TRY TAKING A WARM BATH OR SHOWER

  1. hard labor
  2. bag of waters has broken
  3. body temperature or just at body temperature
  4. reduce pain, encourage relaxation, speed labor (if far enough along)

AVOID TAKING MEDICATION

  1. SW pg 4; nothing has been proven safe
  2. over 80% do not require medication
  3. benefits and risks
  4. comfort; relaxation; medication

CONTINUED ENTHUSIASTIC ENCOURAGEMENT IS ESSENTIAL

  1. realize your baby needs you and you are the only one who can give them what they need
  2. relax and let go
  3. conserve; energy

BE AWARE OF NATURAL EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUES TO SPEED LABOR

  1. (use with caution) walking, nipple stimulation, thumb sucking, relaxation
  2. the stronger the contraction, the sooner the baby will be here

PUSH ONLY WHEN YOU ARE READY TO PUSH

  1. not to waste energy
  2. if it feels better to push or mom says she is going to have a bowel movement on the bed

USE POSITIVE PUSHING TECHNIQUES

  1. comfort; comfortable
  2. let go of legs and relax; relax arms, hands and feet; cool cloth on forehead, water or ice

BE AWARE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE PUSHING POSITIONS

  1. squatting
  2. classic or modified squat
  3.  

EMERGENCY CHILDBIRTH

-Read through pg 99. Call 911 if you see the cord or if mom wants to push

WHAT IS LABOR

-Read through pg 100

BIRTHPLACE TOUR

-Fill out pg 101-102