Self-help skills for labour and birth #3

Choosing a birth partner
It is important to have the right person / people with you during labour and birth. Birth partners can be more important than pain relief.
When choosing your birth partner(s) think about:

  • Who calms you down when your are anxious?
  • Who has a calming influence and makes you feel loved?
  • Who don’t you mind seeing you when you are in pain, upset, worried and naked?
  • Who wouldn’t mind seeing you during labour and has the strength to support you during labour?

The right birth partner for you might be your partner, mother, sister a friend, a doula or more than one person.  Even if you do not wish to be touched during labour, knowing that your birth partner is there, might help.

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