Birth Ball Support During Transition

The Birth Ball is a comforting tool, that can be used in all stages of labor. Using a lappa (African cloth- 6 yards) the laboring mother holds it as she rocks on the birth ball for comfort.  The SMC Doula stands behind the laboring mother, offering reassuring touches and words of encouragement.  As the contractions become more intense, the mother loses patience and tells the doula to stop touching her. The doula respects the laboring person’s request but continues to fan energy her way.   How would you handle a situation like this?

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