LOOKING AFTER YOUR PARTNER

  • Positive encouragement
  • Eye to eye contact and slow steady breathing – concentrate on the out breath
  • Massage
  • Speak quietly and gently, but firmly when appropriate
  • Remind her to drop her shoulders, perhaps with a gentle touch
  • Remind her to keep her jaw loose
  • Encourage her to breathe out – to prevent her from holding her breath
  • Remind her to empty her bladder about once an hour
  • Help her to change position
  • Explain what is happening if she needs that information
  • Communicate with your midwife and any other staff to gather information
  • Remember Benefits Risks Alternatives if an action is suggested and you don’t know why
  • She needs you to provide reassurance and security so if you feel overwhelmed and panicky, focus on your breathing and
    take a break
  • Don’t feel that you have to be doing something all the time – just being there is often enough

  

LOOKING AFTER YOU

  • Keep your own strength up – you need food, drink and rest too
  • Look after your own back when supporting your partner, don’t stay in an uncomfortable position for too long
  • If you need support and reassurance, ask your midwife for information to help you stay calm – she is there for you too!

Janine
antenatal educator, doula, postnatal group leader, baby massage instructor, parent life coach

The Birth, Baby & Family Centre | My training and experience

I have worked with expectant parents since 2002 and I have taught antenatal classes almost weekly since 2005.
I am NCT-trained and, due to my knowledge, training and experience, I am able to provide information, support and reassurance for all expectant parents. My sessions are friendly and informal – not like a classroom – with small groups and 1:1 sessions so you can ask questions and gather all the information you need.In addition to general birth preparation, I specialise in being parent-focused so I can provide support for specific issues such as birth anxiety, giving birth again, being induced, planned caesareans and homebirths.

I am a mum of three and I have also worked as a birth doula, so I have attended a number of births.

If you have any queries, just send me a message…

 

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