At our Bring it on Baby couples birthing workshops we hear a lot of great questions. A common one is can my partner leave the birth suite during childbirth?
Partners of the birthing mother have a huge role to play in keeping the mama centred calm, and relaxed. Long gone are the days where partners waited outside of the birthing room with cigar at the ready waiting to hear news of a son or daughters arrival.
Today, partners are expected to be a strong and loving support during childbirth – through massage, encouraging words, acupressure, rebozo and guided breath work and at times just simply being a silent support. Oxytocin the love hormone is needed for effective regular contractions - through love and support of the partner this hormone will flow freely to keep labour progressing. A first time labour can take up to 12 hours – and that's not even counting early pre-labour time at home - that’s a lot of hours for a partner to be “on”. It is totally fine for the partner to take some time to collect themselves and re-group – often a step outside for fresh air, or a coffee /smoothie break of 10 mins can help to re-energise the partner so they are ready to get that hip massage ball rolling once again. Always ensure the midwife and your birthing mama are aware that you are popping out, that labour is not close to transition of 8cm dilation and do take your phone!
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