A Partner or Husband with No Childbirth Labor Experience
BellyBelly.com.au recently published a great article entitled "Birth Support – 10 Best Tips For An Untrained Support Person" giving advice to a partner, sister or friend planning on attending a labor without any doula training.
The good news is: you don't need to be a birth expert to be effective support in the labor room!
But you do need to be informed and ready to lend a hand in any way necessary. You will feel so much more confident and helpful if you have some techniques to help her manage pain and stay calm.
In fact, you will feel calmer yourself know that you are helping in effective ways. The Birth Package has every single element you will need to help as a support person, with or without prior experience.
Most importantly, you need to have thick skin: don't take anything the laboring mom says personally.
Women in labor are working very very hard, and they are not thinking about your feelings when they are coping with contractions. It's possible that she will give commands rather than asking gently.
So, roll up your sleeves, grab your Birth Deck, and be of service!