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April 16, 2015
Deciding who will be at your labor and birth can be a tricky decision. As a doula, I have seen first hand how this decision can have a significant impact on labor and birth. I have also seen many times how the lack of planning on this topic has created chaos, confusion and hurt feelings. In 2013, I created the Labor/Birth Visitor test and have been using in with my own doula clients and childbirth education students. Per the request of other birth professionals, I have created the 'Visitors At Your Birth? Infographic' seen below.
This infographic is designed to get mothers-to-be and their partners thinking about the important decision. It promotes the idea of creating a plan for visitors and communicating this plan with their support team. There is no right answer to the question of whether or not to have visitors at your birth. We are merely suggesting that the decision be carefully considered and that women know that they have the right to say no to any visitor for any reason.
This infographic is available in a two page PDF file for anyone to purchase and download. We encourage doulas and childbirth educators to purchase and print copies for their clients and students. It is a great way to get this important conversation about visitors started.
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