How can my Birth Partner help me in labor?

Your Birth Partner plays an important role.  There are so many things to do:

  • In early labor
    • Time your contractions
    • Take a walk with you
  • As labor gets stronger:
    • Help you change into different positions (standing, walking, or squatting)
    • Breathe with you
    • Give ice chips to you, if allowed
    • Massage your back
    • Talk in a positive way like “You’re doing so well!” or “You’re really strong.” or “You can do this”
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Sources:, The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin with Katie Rohs.