- Birth partner helps the mother to go through labor and child birth
- Most often it will be the life partner or the dad-to-be
- Some may hire Doula
- Birth partner can encourage the mother with loving words and massage during labor
You with your partner weave the dreams of life ahead as you carry the little one to the child birth. Mutual support, affection, and trust help you live together a happy and successful life. This same support and affection can also be a strong factor to ease the process of child birth, an important and beautiful incident in every couple’s life.
A birth partner is often the pillar of support for the mom-to-be during the difficult phase of labor. As the mother goes through long labor hours, the emotional support of the birth partner usually the life partner encourages her to overcome it for a smooth childbirth. Though the system is not prevalent in the main stream health system in India, it has been in practice in very few high-class hospitals and natural birthing centers.
In western countries, the pregnant woman can choose her birthing partner. Some may even hire Doulas, who are expert in child birth. In the absence of the life partner, the pregnant woman can choose either a family member or close friend or relative. But, always the best option is your life partner, who else can support you better than him during the most difficult phase in your life.
The presence of your partner throughout the labor helps you overcome the pain. The birth partner can support the mother through loving words, gestures and a proper massage of the body when she needs it.
How To Prepare the Birth Partner for Childbirth?
Of course, it will be their first experience. So, instead of just getting wonder about the mother’s situation during labor, the birth partner can become aware of it. Attend a childbirth class and gather all possible information about labor and child birth. It also helps the birth partner to meet other husbands who went through the same and know their experiences.
Try to understand the massage techniques and other supporting factors during labor. If you feel fear and anxiety thinking about the labor, share it with your wife or partner. Communicate it properly and ease your doubts and tensions. Opening up strengthen your relationship and increase your bond.
The birth partner can also read some books that explain the whole pregnancy, labor and child birth. It gives you an insight of the procedures and techniques.
You can also hire a doula if you feel it adds the support. Presence of Doula can fetch more time to the husband in communicating with the midwife or nursing staff while the Doula would take care of you.
The birth partner’s job never ends with the child birth. A more responsible role of a father begins with it, so prepare for it. Supporting the mother through recovery and looking after the baby also add to the partner’s role.