Becoming a new parent can be the most joyous event in a person’s life and for many it can also be the most stressful. To be honest, that’s kind of at the heart of parenting. It’s both things, joyful and stressful. There is nothing like a child to bring out the laughter, fun and joy in us but parenting also brings out the tougher emotions too. I often say that I’ve never laughed as much as I have since having a baby but I have also never gotten angry so many time either! There is something about the combination of sleep deprivation and being responsible for another human being that creates an incredible level of stress. I can still remember the days of frequent feedings through the night; I would start the day impatient, irritable and admittedly a little snappy with my husband.
Is your partner, daughter or friend expecting a baby? Are you going to be the main support person at the birth? If so, here are some basic guidelines for being a great birth partner.
Being a birth partner doesn’t always come naturally to even the most adoring intimate partner, mother or close friend. For some, it can feel like a daunting task that requires some preparation. If that’s you, you are not alone! With some basic planning and preparing, you can be the perfect birth support person for the mom-to- be in your life. The best way to get a handle on the skills of supporting someone in labor is to attend a Childbirth Classes but here are a couple short-cut tips to get you started.
This blog is collaboration between co-owner Shabd Simran Adeniji (BA, BM, MPH) and guest bloggers