Having the help and support of your partner during labour can make a world of difference to the delivery of your new bundle of joy.
Our resident midwife Kath shares her advice for how your partner can best help you during labour:
It is very important role to be a support person to a labouring woman. Women are going through a very vulnerable time. You, as the support person needs to fully focus on the woman, staying calm & positively encourage them with their wishes. At times, the woman may ‘give up’ but with your reassurance they can keep going and can achieve their goals.
Family, especially the parents of the couple will be anxiously waiting at home for any news. Keep the family informed of the progress, every two hours via text messages. This will stop you receiving messages/calls every 5 minutes. It can be very distracting while the woman is in labour.
The support person can perform massage especially to your partner’s feet & back. Pain relief can be achieved by applying pressure on the back whilst in the shower. This is very helpful when the baby is in a posterior position. Alternatively apply heat to the area if not in the shower.
Rock with her standing upright during labour. Allow her body to lean on yours.
Help with position changes to keep them in a comfortable position.
Keep you hydrated & nourished by providing ice chips or the ice blocks
Encourage and help you make decisions according to your birth plan and the safe delivery of the baby.
A mother of two with a Bachelor of Nursing and certificates in both nursing and midwifery, Kath has been a Registered Nurse and Midwife for over 30 years in both public and private hospitals throughout NSW and Queensland. Experienced in antenatal classes, antenatal assessment, labour ward and postnatal care for families, Kath most recently spent 13 years at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane as a nurse and clinical nurse. Kath describes her job as the most rewarding in the world as she meets and cares for precious and unique little humans. She feels privileged to be with families as they welcome new life and to assist them with caring for their new baby.