WAYS TO BE A FANTASTIC BIRTH PARTNER

WAYS TO BE A FANTASTIC BIRTH PARTNER

Dear Dr Liz, my girlfriend is having a baby in a few weeks and I want to be prepared as her birth partner. What can I do!?

The average length of labour with a first time mum is more than 12 hours, so trying to be a supportive birth partner is important. Before birth, ask your partner if she has a birth plan.

Things that you might like to help your partner with in the lead up to birth include packing a bag for the hospital, as well as helping choosing music, massage oils or scents. On the day, be adaptable. Sometimes circumstances change, and your partner needs you there for anything from a joke, a hug or maybe a cry. Be polite to the midwives and staff to try and help bring a calm and supportive environment into the birth. Goodluck!

Are you a mum-to-be and looking for an obstetrician to assist you through this journey, or a birthing partner with more questions? Get into touch with the team at Dr Elizabeth Jackson’s clinic today.

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