Are you worried you may not get the support you want or need? Is your birth partner anxious that they won’t know how to help you in the way you need them to? Get your birth partner prepared before the big day by giving them a list of how they can help you in the best possible way. Here are the top tips for your birth partners to help you.
- Give positive encouragement and reassurance, speak quietly and gently, and use positive language
- If things seem to be getting intense – maintain eye contact and remain calm
- Plenty of massage (if wanted – not every women likes to be touched in labour!)
- Encourage slow and steady breaths – concentrating on a long outbreath
- Remind to relax the jaw, and drop the shoulders
- Encourage to eat easily digestible snacks, and keep hydrated
- Help to reapply lip balm, face mist, moisturiser as needed
- Act as advocate – explain both your needs to healthcare staff and ensure they read your birth plan
- Remind care providers to ask for consent before they do any interventions
- Keep your own strength up – sandwiches, biscuits, drinks, rest
- Remember to enjoy the birth of your child together!
- Before making any big decisions – remember the acronym:
Feel free to add any of your own tips!