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.
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She is trained to deliver continuity of care from home to hospital, case the transition into the hospital environment, be there through changing hospital shifts and alternating physician schedules, serve as advocate, labor coach
, and support partner to give the parents-to-be the freedom to focus inward as they meet the challenges and rewards of their unique birthing experience.