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Laying the foundation of Parenthood: Partner support during Labor & Delivery

Welcoming a new life into the world is a journey that transforms not just the birthing person but also their partner. As a pelvic floor physical therapist and birth doula, I've witnessed firsthand the profound impact that supportive partners can have during labor, delivery, and even the postpartum period.

Labor and delivery can be both exhilarating and daunting, and having a supportive partner by your side can make all the difference! Simply being there, holding space, and offering reassurance can provide immense comfort to the birthing person. Your calm presence can help alleviate any anxieties and create a sense of safety and security. Partners can also provide physical support, such as providing massages and applying counter-pressure. Simply offering a supportive hand to hold can be incredibly soothing during labor as well! Partners can also assist with position changes and help create a comfortable environment. Partners can also serve as strong advocates for the birthing person, communicating their preferences and needs to the healthcare team. By being informed about the birth plan and understanding the birthing person's wishes, partners can help ensure that their voice is heard. Lastly, who knows the birthing person best? Their partner. Their partner can offer words of encouragement and affirmations to boost their morale and confidence during labor. Partners can offer praise, remind the birthing person of their strength and resilience, and provide constant words of support.

Partner support does not stop after baby girl/boy is born. Their support is also super important during the postpartum period. This period is a time of transition and adjustment, and partners play a crucial role in providing ongoing support and care. From helping with household chores and meal preparation to caring for the newborn, partners can provide invaluable practical support during the postpartum period. Offering to take on tasks and responsibilities can help lighten the load for the birthing person and promote their recovery. The postpartum period can be emotionally challenging, and partners can offer a listening ear, empathy, and understanding. Encouraging open communication and validating the birthing person's feelings can foster emotional connection and support. Lastly, strengthening the bond between partners is essential during the postpartum period. Spending quality time together, expressing gratitude, and nurturing intimacy can help deepen the connection and support mutual adjustment to parenthood.

Partner support during labor, delivery, and the postpartum period is invaluable in nurturing the well-being of both the birthing person and their partner. By offering emotional presence, physical support, advocacy, and practical assistance, partners can create a supportive and nurturing environment that facilitates a positive birth experience and promotes postpartum recovery and adjustment. Together, partners can navigate this transformative journey with love, compassion, and solidarity :)

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