1. Take care of yourself.
This is one of the most important things you can do. To be there for your partner, you need to be awake, calm and comfortable.
- Eat regularly to maintain your energy
- Drink regularly (as often as she does)
- Find comfortable support for the long haul – avoid positions that will give you cramps or strain your muscles. Use chairs, pillows or walls to support yourself whenever possible.
2. Stay calm.
You are there to support your partner; the medical personnel are there to care for her health. Your partner’s mental health during the birth is your main priority. Staying calm and sharing your strength and positivity with her is an important part of that.
3. Know her preferences.
If she has a birth plan, make sure you have at least two copies with you and know which things are most important to her and which ones aren’t a big deal. Don’t know what a birth plan is? Read this comprehensive guide.
During labor, your partner may be too busy concentrating to fully discuss what she wants or needs. Liaise with medical carers and ask questions so she doesn’t have to.1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7