I really enjoyed the "en mi casa" regarding your location.
I agree with the touch aspect and find myself doing that all the time. I think it bonds us, and have to say it soothes me to know that such a small thing is helpful.
I love to practice the square breathing/relaxation techniques with people and just get everyone involved. With my patients I always let them know that we realize this is the first time many of them have felt they have no plan B....Anyway it happens, they have to go through it. Anything I can do to ease some tension helps me help the patient.
Often, depending upon the situation or personality of the patient/family, I will up front inform them that labor is the only place in the world where women are truly in charge and the patient is the boss. I also try to throw into the conversation that I might have to tickle them if they even once think they might be bothering me..As my dad once reminded his cardiologist, "We work for the patient" and we WANT to be there on the night shift...
It is neat sharing ideas and fun for me when I mention to people (all of these pt's I describe are not yet in hard labor, you understand...) that if it's a girl, the house rule is you have to name the baby after your labor nurse... The eyes usually open wide and 95 percent of the time the pt will tell me they already have a name while the fob/significant other/husband will apologetically say the same. And, to me, as I tell my patients,
Natural childbirth is any way they get here safely....Thanks for your ideas and allowing me to put my own "2 cents in.: Just got back from work (the night before the full moon, I might add) and left 2 patients in labor who arrived at the same time, active and all that goes with it. This with me as the ONLY delivery nurse on...Thank goodness there is God in delivery!