The presence of a professional labor support person -- a doula, for example -- can have a huge effect on the obstetrical outcome of the birth. Randomized, controlled trials on birth support have shown shorter labor, less requests for pain medication, reduction in number of necessary c-sections. Interested in a doula? Here are tips for interviewing and hiring.
I make it very clear to my students that it is *wonderful* to have a doula as an advocate for you in the hospital, and to be a nurturing presence who knows so many ways to help labor progress if needed, etc., that they *must* be completely familiar with the philosophy, techniques, cue words, etc of your birth hypnosis program.