For women to be active participants in their labor care, preparation and labor support are crucial. Likewise, a supportive atmosphere during labor and birth can make all the difference in creating an optimal experience for normal birth. As described in this personal account, the benefits
of childbirth education, a prepared spouse or partner, and continuous labor support of a doula, competent nurse, and a patient physician who endorse natural childbirth are credited with providing a satisfying normal-birth experience despite a long labor and posterior baby.
The Journal of Perinatal Education is the official journal of Lamaze International, whose mission is to promote, support, and protect natural, safe, and healthy birth through education and advocacy. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles and evidence-based, practical resources that childbirth educators and other health care professionals can use to enhance the quality and effectiveness of their care or teaching to prepare expectant parents for birth.