Are you about to support a loved one through labor and delivery? Being a birthing partner is an honor and an important role. Here are 9 Pro Birth Tips for Support People:
1. Know Your Shit
Educate yourself on the birthing process and your partner’s birth plan. Attend childbirth classes, read books, and listen to podcasts. Gather experiences and advice from others to feel more prepared for the big day.
2. Create a Soothing Environment
Set the ambiance in the delivery room by dimming lights, playing calming music, and using essential oils (if allowed). You are the gatekeeper of the space, ensuring a serene atmosphere for your partner.
3. Use Your B.R.A.I.N
Stay informed and ask questions. Use the BRAIN acronym for decision-making during labor: Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, Intuition, Nothing. Advocate for your partner’s birth plan and voice their preferences to the medical team.
4. Provide Physical Support Offer back support, massages, and physical touch. Transitioning positions during labor can also ease discomfort; try the “slow dance” position for intimacy and comfort.
5. Encourage and Motivate Offer words of affirmation and motivation to keep spirits high during labor. Positive affirmations can be written and displayed in the room to uplift your partner.
6. Practice Breathing Techniques Together Deep, calming breaths can relax your partner during intense contractions. Model and breathe with them for a rhythmic connection and calming effect.
7. Prioritize Your Well-being Prepare in advance by packing essentials and making arrangements for home responsibilities. Take care of your basic needs, rest when possible, and stay calm and focused.
8. Capture the Moments With permission, document the experience through photos and videos, but ensure it doesn’t interfere with your role as a support person.
9. Manage Communication Communicate updates with family and friends as per your partner’s preferences, maintaining focus on the birthing process and respecting your partner’s wishes.
Supporting a birthing person varies, so listen to your partner’s needs, be present, and cherish this extraordinary journey together.
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