The safety of you and your baby is of primary importance. For that reason, Katherine always brings with her a second fully trained midwife to assist as needed during the birth of your baby.
The second attendant is called once the birth of your baby draws near. While she is usually hands-off and in the background, hanging back to chart and hand things to Katherine, she is available to jump in when four skilled hands are needed. The second attendant generally stays for two or so hours after birth, or as needed.