Words in Labor - The Dos and Don'ts


It's amazing what an impact words can make in labor.  Positive and supportive words can make a woman in labor feel powerful and strong.  Negative words can actually cause labor to slow and stop altogether.  Cynthya Dzialo and I were asked to put together a presentation for a nursing training and we thought that this topic would be an important one to cover.  This led me to create the infographic below.

The Dos and Don't of What to Say in Labor

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  • maggie

    another “don’t” I experienced: repetitively asking “do you want an epidural?” the excuse being, from my still-beloved husband, “I don’t like seeing you in pain”. He was asking between every contraction!! Another don’t: “I could hear you all the way down the hall!” (He had walked out to get a snack, but I started panicking because I felt so out of control, so I got a little noisy). A suggested do: if delivering in hospital, answer ALL the questions from the nurse, so Mom can relax in the shower or something!!!!

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