I loved my OB-GYN. He was seriously one of the nicest people I have ever met; the kind of person who you realize has found their life's calling and are clearly doing what they're meant to do. So, honestly, it wasn't all that surprising to find out there were quite a few things my OB-GYN said to me about labor that were undeniably true. Phew.
My OB-GYN always had a smile on his face, and made every appointment feel relaxed and pleasant. I trusted him when I was at my most vulnerable and, when I needed him the most and when my baby's birth was complicated and nothing short of dramatic, he was there to safely get us through.
During all our appointments he was quick to dish out wise words of encouragement and support, and in a way that I could understand and relate. He used personal anecdotes of his own wife's birth and his children's development, so he was nothing if not relatable. Furthermore, he took the time to ask me personal questions about my life outside of my pregnancy. I don't know if he had the greatest memory ever, or if he took a few moments before our appointments to read notes about me from my file, but he always remembered my name, my husbands name, our occupations, and little tidbits about us. Honestly, he made me feel like I was visiting a family friend, rather than a certified doctor.
All of this is to say that, essentially, my OB-GYN had a great bedside manner, which included telling me the following things about labor and delivery that could rely on when push came to (literal) shove.