The ministry of health agreed and revised the machinery so that even if the prenatal doctor were not a schooled obstetrician, he or she had to accompany the laboring patient to the hospital as a medical labor coach
, assistant, or supervised obstetrician.
Her husband and labor coach
, mentally AWOL for the past 2 hours, makes some attempt to massage her back, but the angle at which he sits and the rhythm of his movements are carefully engineered to ensure he will not miss any of the action on the screen.
When a woman's going to have a baby," reasons Orkin, "you have a labor coach
or somebody there in the room with them.
I had already studied a basic course in midwifery academics and apprenticed briefly as a labor coach
and midwife assistant, but it had become clear that hands-on experience would come very slowly as an apprentice.
She has filled the role of labor coach
beautifully, helping both department and executive leaders get the most benefit in a very short time frame.