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How can my partner support me in labour?
Having the support of your partner in labour is so important, whilst we are labouring, its really difficult for us to focus on what’s going on around us and if we try – it really prevents our bodies from being able to open up to birth our babies.
Birth really is about teamwork, whether you have a birth partner or not – support is so important and can also come from other people such as midwives and doulas. However, if you do have a partner, them having a clear role at birth really helps them to feel involved ??⠀ ⠀
Have a read of these top tips for how to get your partner involved in the birth of your baby! ??⠀ ⠀
?♀️ Massage – This could either be at the bottom of your back, your hips, or any other area – it’s a great way to release any tension ⠀ ⠀
?♂️ Voice – Their voice can be a huge reassurance, they could read affirmations, talk about your favourite memories or just be silent for a while if that’s what your body is wanting ⠀ ⠀
? Keeping you hydrated and fed (if your in the mood!) is so important to help you maintain your energy so that you can concentrate on your labour⠀
? Take part in a hypnobirthing class with you so that they fully understand how our bodies and minds work in labour as well as how to fully support you in the ways that you need! ⠀
? Writing the birth preferences together so that they are fully aware of what you want as well as understanding fully what everything on it means. What are your givens for any birth? Make sure your partner knows!
? Be the main contact for conversations during labour so that you can remain in your birthing zone – you focus on you and your baby, your partner can focus on the rest.⠀ ⠀
There are tonnes more ways that your partner can support during labour and during my classes, couples develop their own toolkits in order to prepare for birth – head over to my classes page to see what classes are currently available!
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