Marlo was the perfect support person for our twin, vaginal, hospital birth. Marlo made the hospital feel like a comfortable safe space. In the lead up to delivery, knowing Marlo would be there, even if my doctor wouldn't be, meant that I knew I'd have a friendly face at the hospital. She knew where to get all the little things that make life easier for labouring moms and spouses: blankets, juice, the fridge etc.
When I had to be admitted to monitor pre-eclampsia, she came by along with her partner Jill to make sure we were okay, and to get us settled into the hospital. They offered support, and advice, including tips on the best food available in the area (which was useful for a longer stay on the ward).
During labour, in addition to providing coping techniques, she gave us space to make decisions that were important to us, and supported those decisions (epidural, induction etc.). She was hugely helpful in getting my head around how to push, and had loads of suggestions to help me figure out how to do that with my own physical limitations. When things went a bit crazy after the delivery, she was a huge comfort to my spouse, who could be with our babies without worrying that I would be alone.
After delivery, she made herself available to discuss what had happened and to celebrate the moments that made the labour amazing.
I was very anxious about labour and delivery, and Marlo gave me the confidence I needed to succeed.