Holding Space

Holding Space

I feel like the hardest part of doulaing (if I can turn that into a verb) is doing nothing.  Many of us, myself included, feel that urge to do something when labor is going. Sometimes, though, the best thing to do during labor is to hold that space. 

What is holding space?

Holding space doesn't mean inaction.  Sometimes it can be coupled with massage or hand holding or talking.  However, many times it is almost literal in the sense that one can hold space simply by being near someone. 

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