19Makes it Harder: Not Knowing Her Needs
Labor is not the time for mom to try to figure out how she handles pain. She needs to know beforehand what she wants when stressed or hurting, as well as if she wants people around to help or if she prefers the least amount of interaction possible. Trying to
figure this out after contractions start may slow down labor since it will add stress to an already difficult process.
While pregnant, mom should look back on times she's been in pain or had to endure mentally strenuous challenges. What helps? What doesn't? She needs to communicate this with her partner or doula so there is a plan of action before labor begins.