4 Important Things when Accompanying Your Wife in Childbirth
Windowofworld.com – As a standby husband, you certainly want to accompany your wife when she is in labor, and witness the moments of the birth of your beloved baby, right? You need to know the following things to be more ready when accompanying your wife in childbirth
Your role as a childbirth companion is very important, especially for your wife whose feelings are mixed during childbirth. By being a companion, your wife will feel physical and emotional support.
Things Your Husband Needs To Do
Overall, the birthing process can take up to 10–20 hours. This may seem a long time, especially if your wife is experiencing it for the first time. Generally, the delivery process can be faster if the wife has given birth normally.
According to research, childbirth assistants who can carry out their roles well, tend to make the labor process easier. So, so that you can be a good labor companion for your wife, let’s know the following 4 things:
1. Know the method of delivery your wife is going to take
Long before delivery arrives, you must know what birth plans your wife is likely to undergo.
You can start learning what your wife will face in the labor process and find out what she will need later in labor. This can make it easier for you to make the decisions your wife needs when childbirth takes place.
You also need to learn the methods of labor as well as the general birth process before labor arrives. You can do this by reading some articles about pregnancy and accompanying your wife when she is being seen by an obstetrician.
2. Learn ways to make her comfortable during labor
The delivery process can make your wife feel various discomforts. To reduce it, you can start learning how to massage your wife’s body. Usually, massage on the lower back or on the shoulders will make the wife more comfortable during childbirth.
Also learn how to relax and breathe the right way, so you can guide him during labor. In addition, you can also wipe the sweat or compress it so that it feels more comfortable.
3. Prepare to be a decision maker
At times like this, your wife will experience contractions that make it difficult to think clearly. Well, your role here is very necessary. As a decision maker, you must be able to think wisely and be flexible.
If your wife’s condition is not in accordance with the birth plan you have discussed, it is advisable not to stick with it. Listen to the doctor’s information about your wife’s condition, then make the best decision.
If necessary, discuss the possibilities of these emergencies with your wife, before childbirth. This can help you make decisions when needed later.
4. Prepare the equipment you need
Don’t forget to prepare the equipment you need while waiting for your wife to undergo labor, for example food and drinks. There is a cafeteria or canteen at the delivery house, but it can reduce your time with your wife in the delivery room.
You are also advised to bring bath necessities, change of clothes, money, and sleeping mats. Last and most importantly, prepare yourself mentally so that you can accompany your wife in labor calmly.
To help your wife help her to be calmer and more comfortable during childbirth, you can also take advantage of professional birth attendant services (doulas). That way, you can focus on providing support for your wife, while the doula can convey more technical things.
Having the opportunity to accompany your wife during childbirth can be a special moment for you and your wife. Make the preparations above so that the labor process is smooth as expected. Congratulations on being a father!