4. Know how to time contractions.
The time between contractions is timed from the start of one contraction to the start of the next.
The length of the contraction is timed from the start of the contraction till the end of the contraction.
You can download plenty of free apps on your phone to easily time contractions and see their progress.
In many labors, contractions start out short and get longer as labor progresses. For this reason, your care provider will want to know how long they are in relation to the level of pain, so they can decide how far your partner is into labor before telling them to come into the hospital. The longer you stay home, the faster labor will often go – changing environments too early in labor can slow down or stop labor.
5. Show positivity, not sympathy.
Sometimes the thin line between forging through the pain and giving up is simply having the right support. Don’t tell her you understand, or that you can see her pain. Instead, tell her what a great job she’s doing and any positive information you can give her, such as how she’s getting closer to the end or that she’s handling the contractions really well.
Sometimes, things can get intense. When appropriate, there’s no reason you can’t break the mood with a funny joke – laughter can help her relax and give her a break from the intensity of labor – or help her get through a slow labor.
A teen boy walks into up to his teacher’s desk.
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