Full disclosure, Kira is my sister. For a bit of backround, my wife is newly immigrated and was hesitant to have her new sister-in-law in the birthing room. When it came time to deliver our daughter Kira was exactly what we needed. I can't imagine going through a birth without her.
Our daughter was 2 weeks late before we started to induce labor, we would find out later that it was because she was sunnyside-up. We started our induction process and Kira was there within a few hours, just in time for the more painful contractions to start. Kira was able to place my wife at ease and help her realize that the contractions were benificial and not something to be scared of. As the evening progressed Kira was able to work with the nurses to ensure my wife was able to understand all her options for helping her get some rest. The next morning we had found that the miso and the foley cathiter had both helped but not kicked anything into a lasting labor. We decided to administer pitocin. At that time my wife really felt her back labor pains. Kira was able to massage in just the right places, jumping up every few minutes as needed, and teaching me how to help as well. She was also able to get my wife in the tub, move her around and keep her mentally strong trough the whole process. Eventually we needed an epidural, my wife was just too exausted to deal with the pain by that point, and Kira was helpful in getting me to realize that it waould be helpful despite our earlier hesitation to its use. When it came time to push Kira let me step in and was just in the background patiently waiting to help.
Throughout our 42 hours of labor, Kira was able to be there for my wife, calmly helping her and teaching her and encouraging her. She was also there for me the husband, teaching me, allowing me to step out for food and a quick break. Again, I couldn't imagine going through that again without her.
October 31, 2016