BIRTH-PART­NER BOOTCAMP

Prep for the big day and have lots of fun while you `re at it

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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.

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