The need for a birthing partner

The right labour support partner does a lot more than drive you to the hospital for your delivery

Keep in mind that the birthing partner you choose is someone who can not only withstand pressure but can also guide you through it despite the pain you experience.

The right labour support partner does a lot more than drive you to the hospital for your delivery. They help you stay calm, focused on your end goal, and are able to provide physical support and comfort when you need it the most.The advantages extend far beyond the labour room for the mother, baby and the birthing partner:

• ​Provides much-needed support during Your birthing partner will give you much needed emotional support and physical comfort during labour. Since this is someone who knows you extremely well, they will know how to soothe you, what to say or do to help you move forward. Your birthing partner can be your husband, mother, mother-in-law, friend or anyone whom you deeply trust and who understands you well.labour:

Gives confidence & reduces chances of C-sections: Expecting women who go through labour are less stressed when they have a birthing partner who remains by their side throughout labour. Research shows that the presence and involvement of a birthing partner can reduce the chances of interventions like C-sections and the need for an epidural.

Positively impacts cognitive development of baby: Studies have shown that the presence of the father and their engagement during pregnancy and childbirth is associated with the improved cognitive development and socio-emotional development of children.

Keep in mind that the birthing partner you choose is someone who can not only withstand pressure but can also guide you through it despite the pain you experience. Your partner should attend an antenatal class with you to learn how to give you a back rub or help you with squats or breathing techniques to ease the pain and process of giving birth.

(The author is an obstetrician-gynecologist, Sitaram Bhartia Hospital)

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