How can my spouse/partner help?

If you have a spouse or partner, of course you want to help him or her prepare to support you in labor and birth, whether or not you will have additional support in the room. Here are some things you can do to prepare:

  • Talk about each of your hopes, expectations and fears.
  • Encourage your partner to learn as much about labor and birth as possible by reading, watching videos, coming to prenatal visits or attending childbirth education classes with you. (The Labor Support Resources page points you to an entire book for helping your partner, friend or relative support you in labor.)
  • Practice relaxation techniques and comforting touch before labor begins.
  • Make a plan for support and household help after the birth so you'll be able to get the rest and care you need to recover from birth, get to know the new member of your family and get off to a good start with breastfeeding.