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Your Birth Partner

While you'll be preparing your birth plan, your partner will probably approach the big day with little idea of what will happen. They will tend to be more focused on your wellbeing during the birth and do little to prepare for their role
They will have some idea of what they should be doing during labour – to give you support and make sure the doctors know what you want. However, seeing the person they love in pain can be quite a shock and upsetting, making them feel helpless.

Some maternity wards offer a walk-through of the hospital in late pregnancy, which can be beneficial as you and your partner can get answers to your questions in more relaxed circumstances. It may also be useful to attend antenatal classes together so you both know the potential benefits and downsides to the procedures you may have, as well as understanding the pain-relief options available
This could prove very useful during labour as they will know what your preferences are and they can help explain your wishes and prevent you feeling pressurized.
Overall, to help you have a happy labour you need to prepare and talk through things together so you both know what you both want

Partner Checklist

  • Extra layers of clothes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Book or magazine
  • Camera/Video Camera
  • Coins or phonecard (some hospitals do not allow mobile phone use)
  • A list of names and phone numbers of the people you need to call
  • Pen and paper to write down your child's time of birth, weight, name and any other details that people may ask you.

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