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10 ways to be an awesome birthing partner

Rachel Brannon and her husband Chris didn?t have a birth plan. ?We winged it,? says the Hamilton mom. But her husband did one key thing that made it an amazing experience?he supported every call she made. Brannon had decided in advance that she wanted to hold out as long as possible before receiving an epidural, and her husband was there for her. ?Whenever I would say, ?OK, maybe I need the epidural,? he would say, ?Let?s try one more contraction.? He was totally on board for what I wanted, and I loved everything about my birth experience,? she recalls.
While giving birth can be scary, having a supportive birth partner, whether it?s a spouse, partner or family member, can make all the difference, says Heidi Coughlin, a former labour and delivery nurse and registered midwife with Hope Midwives in Edmonton. Read on for expert tips on how to be a good birth partner.
1. Do your research

Meghan Moloney Keating and her husband, John, prepared for the birth of their son, Jack, by reading pregnancy books together. ?I would read specific parts to my husband that I found interesting or that I thought he should know, especially chapters on how dads can be involved and supportive,? says Keating. Coughlin recommends that couples try to spend one hour each night (or at the very least, one hour a week), doing something baby-related to get prepared for the birth and to help keep the birth partner connected. 
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2. Attend prenatal classes together

Keating and her husband took prenatal classes offered by their local health unit in Peterborough, Ont., which provided plenty of information for them to create a birth plan together. ?I’m glad John attended the classes with me so that he wasn’t as caught off guard as he might have been otherwise when things didn?t go exactly how we expected,? says Keating, who required a vacuum-assisted birth. Coughlin recommends attending a prenatal class that runs for a few weeks versus a weekend crash session so you have time to digest the information and ask questions.
3. Understand what support she wants and needs

Births don?t always go by the book. Things can change at any moment, so having a birth partner who understands what is most important during this physical and emotional process is very important. Does the mom-to-be want you to take action and be proactive with the nursing staff" Does she want you to massage her back or repeat words of encouragement" Or does she simply want you to just hold her hand and be there for her" Discuss what kind of support she wants beforehand so you?re both very clear on what will make things more manageable.
4. Take care of yourself

It?s not unheard of for a birth partner to be overwhelmed or...
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