21 Apr The Birth Partners list
Below you will find a list of things to start thinking about. You can even print them off and go through the course again to add to it!
If you feel comfortable in what you are wearing you will be more relaxed. If you are feeling restricted or are wearing uncomfortable clothing, this can make you feel less relaxed and it may be uncomfortable to stay in positions that can be helpful.
Imagine washing up with long sleeves on that keep falling down, this could become irritating after a while or even being in a hot room with heavy jeans on. Now imagine putting the two together but the bowl is on the floor and you are kneeling in front of it! This combination could make you feel uncomfortable, maybe restless and you may start to give off unmeant signs of distress or feeling awkward.
These subliminal messages can be picked up by the birthing mother and create stress that could be reduced and also alter your own experience of birth.
It may be that you consider thinking about wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the birthing room as it is often very warm, you may even want to bring your flips flops! If you are at home having your baby its is still worth considering what you may need around you to feel more comfortable.
Take some food
Similar to the previous images that you may have thought about but add to it that this time you are hungry too!
You may be supporting your partner or the mother for only a short time or it may be a long time, either way, we all need energy to be able to support them.
When you are supporting someone in labour, it is both physical and mental, keeping your energy up is important!
Have a look through the massage techniques again within the course, try to practice them if you can prior to labour. This is important if you are going to use them as a guide to your breathing as discussed in the videos.
Help with food and drinks
It is important for a birthing mother to keep her energy levels up during birth. There may be some circumstances where this is monitored more carefully for example if she has diabetes, but this will be discussed prior to birth with your healthcare provider.
Otherwise, perhaps make a list of the foods that you can take. Remembering that foods as close to their natural source will be broken down more quickly by the stomach and make it easier to digest to turn into energy during birth. Some foods to think about may be – apples, bananas, honey, carrots sticks, soup or other similar sources
Keep an eye on fluid intake!
We have discussed how it is important to keep hydrated in labour, therefore urine will be produced. It is helpful to keep an eye on how often the birthing mother is going for a wee. If you notice that it has been over 4 hours since she passed urine, perhaps it may be a good idea to suggest trying to empty the bladder especially if she has been drinking regularly.
Asking less can be more!
If you think back to earlier in the course when we talked about the adrenaline responses and our primitive birthing mindset, it is often the case that a woman in labour will talk less and sometimes appear withdrawn. This is a normal response to birth. If your partner or the birth mother seems to be withdrawn perhaps just being close and not asking to many questions is all she needs to know you are there.
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