He definitely makes things more bearable. I was disappointed toward the end of my pregnancy when it dawned on me that Blanke would only be there for the very end of the labor, for the delivery. He felt like one of my birthing team members and I wanted him there during the whole thing! I'd very likely pursue a homebirth if I didn't have him to advocate for me in the hospital. I was prepared to point the birth plan and tell them to call Blanke if they didn't agree with something or had a question and I would have refused to discuss it. Luckily, I barely remember any hospital staff until after delivery. They kept the lights low the whole time and only came in very quietly when they had to. Afterwards was a different story - they all bugged the crap out of me following the birth! Next time I might have to include a post partum plan!
Does anyone know how Blanke's wife labored and delivered? I'm curious, but I never want to ask him.