#5 Give your partner your full attention! Give her your full attention, notice when she's starting to get tense. Help her by breathing together, massage, eye contact etc. Follow her lead! Remember #1 You know your partner best. You are confident and supportive.
You are a very important part of the team! Please be assured that you are a very important part of the birthing team. Your partner will appreciate your help, so will your baby. A supportive birth partner will also make a midwife's or other health professional's job easier as usually a more relaxed mother will… Continue reading How to be a supportive birth partner #4
Look after yourself, too! As a birth partner, you'll need to be well and comfortable, too. The better you feel, the better and more supportive you are going to be for your partner. Make sure you * drink plenty of water and stay hydrated * eat * wear comfortable clothes * go to the toilet… Continue reading How to be a supportive birth partner #3
Be calm and patient. That will help her to stay calm, too When a mother is calm, her body will release Oxytocin more effectively. What is Oxytocin? Oxytocin is the hormone which triggers her contractions and keeps them coming. Oxytocin is also known as the hormone of love. At the same time, a mother's body… Continue reading How to be a supportive Birth Partner #2
#1 Be confident! You know your partner best! You are going to be a birth partner for your partner? Be confident! You know her best! You will know your partner better than anyone else in the birthing room. This should make you confident. You know when she is doing well, when she needs reassurance, when… Continue reading How to be a supportive Birth Partner #1
A series of 10 top tips from mothers to their birth partners starts tomorrow! Please share with anyone who might be interested. These cards (pdf files) as well as an A2 poster are available to purchase for both parents-to-be and birth professionals from my website!
Water (Hydrotherapy) Water is a drug-free form of pain relief in labour. It works best when you can get your bump covered. Also, make sure the water is warm but not hot. Sometimes, water may slow down labour, especially if used too early. Therefore midwives usually recommend to wait until you are in established labour… Continue reading Self-help skills for Labour & Birth #12
Being Assertive - Making Decisions When making decisions, ask What are the Benefits? What are the Risks? What do my Instincts tell me? What are the Alternatives? What if we do Nothing for a while? Use the acronym BRIAN (or BRAIN).
Hot / cold packs Heat or cold may help you to cope with labour. Apply them to lower abdomen, lower back, back and perineum. Three-point heat can be a very effective form of pain relief during labour.
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… Continue reading Self-help skills for labour and birth #3