What do Birth Sisters do?
- Develop a unique “sister-like” relationship throughout the perinatal period that allows her to impact the mother’s lifestyle choices and the health status of mother and baby.
- Have prenatal home visits that focus on creating a relationship, identifying needs and providing childbirth and parenting education.
- Assess whether the mother is lacking essential resources: housing, food, and baby care items. Refer mother to resources, if needed.
- Offer physical and emotional comfort, translation and advocacy for the mother during labor.
- Facilitate communication between the mother and provider which promotes safety and satisfaction during labor and birth.
- Go to Postpartum home visits and provide assistance in the transition to motherhood, help around the house so that the mother can rest; education on breast feeding, parenting and infant care; and making connections to needed medical and social services.
- Play an important role in supporting the positive childbearing traditions of the mother’s culture.