Your birthing partner can play a positive and empowering role during birth. These are my top tips for him:
Tip 1 - Visit your local Positive Birth Group
The Positive Birth Movement is a global network that offers free antenatal groups, to connect with others to share positive stories and expertise about childbirth. Achieving a positive birth is about approaching birth realistically, having genuine choice, and feeling empowered by the experience. The Positive Birth Movement believes that communication is the key to shaking up birth. By coming together, in real life and online, and sharing experiences, feelings, knowledge and wisdom, we can help achieve the positive birth they want.
Tip 2 - Read & Watch positive birth stories
You can read up on positive birth stories from other fathers and find out through their experience what role a partner can play.
Or watch videos like these:
Tip 3 - Read “Men, Love & Birth” from Mark Harris
From male midwife Mark Harris this great book is just man-to-man. He shares his invaluable experience and first-hand insight, in a practical and honest guide to pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.
Tip 4 - Educate yourself
There’s a wealth of information out there for expectant mothers on pregnancy and birth, but so often the father has been left out of the conversation. Mark Harris has, besides his book also an online course just for dads-to-be. In the course dads-to-be will learn, through experience, about important subjects ranging from massage to sex, and pain relief during labour to breastfeeding.
This program is an honest, open and frank discussion about pregnancy and birth from a man’s point of view. If you have been wondering what to do now she is pregnant, or how you will prepare yourself to be as supportive as you can be while she is giving birth, this program will equip to be the very best you can be.
The role of the partner should not be underestimated. It is my wish that every woman feels supported by those around her, including her partner. I hope this helps!
Susanne is an international Life & Healing coach. She coaches clients around the world to heal sexual abuse & trauma as well as prior traumatic births. She also coaches business owners how to work through limiting beliefs to skyrocket their business.
While pregnant, Susanne’s experience of child abuse put her on a different road of care from her team of midwives. This gave her a new mission in life helping women heal wounds from the past. Having been diagnosed with PTSD at 17, she knows firsthand how challenging this can be. [Read more]