My remaining client had her little baby girl yesterday. The labor was much more difficult for her than her two previous labors and I hope I did a good job for her. I need to know how to be a good doula when a client who had previously expressed a strong desire to go natural changes her mind. This mom was going SUPER fast, I could tell. She wanted the epidural. She got checked and was found to be at 7. Still wanted an epidural. Got the epi-man speech, dad sent out of the room, epi cart rolled in. Nurse asked her if she was having second thoughts. Was it in MY scope of practice to ask her this? Or was I working within my scope of practice when I made sure she understood all the risks and benefits of an epidural? I'm very glad the nurse did ask because the client did have second thoughts, and was checked, found to be at 9cm, and birthed her baby less than 30 minutes later. It was amazing, one good contraction and a new person entered the world.
Welcome Baby A!!!