Any thought you have on this would be a great help!
One of my dear friends was having trouble getting pregnant, so I gave her a copy of "Taking charge of your fertility," comforted her when her periods came and cheered her on when she made new discoveries about her body. I clearly remember pulling into my driveway after a long day at work, having my cell phone ring & there's my friend yelling "YAY, I found my cervix!!!" - this was the one fiertility sign she just couldn't get for months!
Even before she conceived, she told me that she wanted me to be present at her birth, she told me that I had been such an integral part of the process that I had to be there (that and she's afraid her hubby will pass out). After a lovely 2 week vacation with her husband, she found out that they were pregnant a week or two later and called me right away, reminding me that I had promised to be there for her birth. She and I have discussed what she is and is not willing to have as far as medications and whatnot to a certain extent; naturally we have time to cover all the bases as she's just under 8 weeks now.
She clearly wants to be in control of her labor to a decent extent- wants to remain as mobile as possible suring labor, etc. As I am not yet a trained doula/midwife/anything are there any words of advice you can give me so that I can be the best labor support for her? How to address the hospital staff to avoid unwanted interventions? I think as things get closer I'll get more details and have her and her hubby write a birth plan, but I know those are not always followed by hospital personell.
Any advice would be great- As a side bar I've read "Spiritual Midwifery," am reading "Birthing from Within" right now and will read everything else I can get my hands on, so book suggestions are great too.