3.1  Assessing the needs of the woman in labour

Every woman needs a different kind of support. But all women need kindness, respect and attention. Watch and listen to her to see how she is feeling. Encourage her, so she can feel strong and confident in labour. Help her relax and welcome her labour.

A health worker reassures a woman in labour who is feeling scared.
Figure 3.1  Help the woman in labour to relax.

Learning Outcomes for Study Session 3

3.1.1  Support the labour