Birth Partner Hacks, 5 simple hacks all birth partners should know about!
Are you a birth partner? You are not sure where to start when it comes to supporting the birthing mother/person? Maybe you feel like you don’t know where to start? You would like to know more about how to support your partner during labour and birth?
Here are some Birth Partner Hacks to get you started!
💜 The Hip Squeeze – a favourite of many birthing mothers/people
Put constant pressure on the hips during surges and push your weight into the birthing mother/person.
💜 Figure of 8 ball sit – some gentle movement
During surges, the birthing mother/person sits on an exercise/birth ball and moves their hips in a figure of eight pattern while leaning forward over the back of a chair.
💜 The slow dance – more gentle movement
Have a slow dance together. The mother’s/birthing person’s hips moving side to side. This will help you to find a rhythm in labour.
💜 Shake the apple tree – relaxes pelvic floor area
Touch the mother’s/birthing person’s thigh with both hands. Shake their thigh one at a time. Repeat for the other thigh. This can help to relax and release the pelvic floor to support the birthing process.
💜 Effleurage – light/gentle touch to engage the parasympathetic nervous system
This word means “gentle friction/touch.” Use both hands to gently sweep over the mother’s/birthing person’s body. This helps to engage the parasympathetic nervous system.
Would you like to learn more about childbirth and how to support the birthing woman or person during labour? Then why not hire a doula or book one of my workshops? I offer group and 1:1 workshops in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. All my services are also available as an online/virtual format!