Prep for the big day and have lots of fun while you `re at it
So you’ve done your homework, from breathing techniques to birthing positions. But what about your birth partner? “Birthing is about three people – you, your baby and your birth partner,” says birth expert and mom of two Jackie Heffer-Cooke. “He or she needs to be aware not only of everything to expect during labour, but how best to support you.” Their role is critical and should involve more than just mopping your brow. “Yes, labour is a challenge, but it’s such an experience,” says Jackie. “If your partner is prepared emotionally, practically and physically, you can rise to that challenge together.” There are other benefits – with your partner all skilled up, you can trust him or her to take charge of the necessities, so you can switch off and let your body do its job. Knowing just what to do, he or she will feel far calmer. “Giving birth to your baby together is a great bonding experience,” adds Jackie.