Tips for birth partners

 

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, rest
  • 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 Rudin
www.birthandbabybasics.com
0788 5774279

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