How to support her through labour
Being chosen as a birthing partner is an amazing feeling, whether you’re the baby’s father, a partner, friend or family member.
Know the plan of action
It can be really reassuring to familiarise yourself with what to expect from labour what the symptoms are so you feel a little prepared before the big day.
Discuss what the birthing plan is with the mum to be and make sure you know what that means and what any alternative options might be on the day because sometimes not everything goes to plan.
It’s also a good idea to be prepared as the day gets closer by packing a hospital bag full of essentials for you, her and the new arrival.
Just be there
One of the best things you can do as a birthing partner is to just keep her company and take care of her.
- Encourage her to take sips of water and stay hydrated.
- Remind her to change positions often, walk around and go to the toilet.
- Be comforting with back massages to relieve any tension.
- Hand holding and cuddles can go a long way when she’s feeling tired and fed up. Sometimes it’s just nice to know that someone is there for you.
- Keep her distracted by chatting when she feels up to it.
Going through labour and giving birth is hard work and can last for hours and sometimes even days. So be positive and tell her how well she’s doing – even if it’s coming up to 20 hours or more!
Try to support her decisions as the labour progresses, if she wants pain relief or to change the birthing plan then that’s ok. The main thing is that mum and baby are happy and healthy, so listen to what she wants and needs.
Don’t freak out
Neither of you know what to expect from the labour and birth, even if this isn’t your first time. Every birth is different so try to take everything in your stride. If you’re calm and collected it will make her feel at ease and supported.
Don’t forget about you
Make sure you take care of yourself too, don’t forget to eat and drink and pack a change of clothes for yourself in the hospital bag, you could be in for a long stint and a fresh change of clothes and a tooth-brush will keep you feeling fresh.
Important advice for you
Breastfeeding gives your baby the best start in life. The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of your baby’s life, followed by continued breastfeeding together with complementary foods.
Breastmilk promotes your baby’s sensory and cognitive development, it protects your baby against infectious and chronic diseases and can help your baby to recover quicker during illness.
Unlike infant milks, breastfeeding also contributes to your health and well-being, reducing the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer. It can also build a strong emotional bond between you and your baby.
Breastfeeding is safe for the environment. You should also consider the social and financial implications of using infant milk. It is important for you to eat a healthy, balanced diet during your pregnancy and as you breastfeed. Combining breastfeeding and bottle feeding may reduce your breast milk supply and it may be difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed.
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The content provided in this article is for information purposes only and should not be regarded as medical advice. Please consult a doctor, midwife or healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns about your or your child’s health.