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Find out how your birth partner can help during labour, such as reminding you of relaxation techniques, massaging you and holding your hand.
Whoever your birth partner is – the baby's parent, a close friend, partner, or a relative – there are many practical things they can do to help you.
The most important thing your birth partner can do is just be with you.
Talk to your birth partner about the type of birth you'd like and the things you prefer not to do so they can help support your decisions. It can help to go through your birth plan together.
There's no way of knowing what your labour is going to be like or how each of you will cope, but there are many ways a partner can help.
Whatever kind of birth you're planning for, your birth partner can:
Your birth partner may be able to cut the umbilical cord – you can talk to your midwife about this.
You can also read about feelings and relationships in pregnancy, including worries about the birth and sex in pregnancy.
Make sure you and your birth partner both know what to pack for the birth, and what to expect at the hospital or maternity unit if you're planning to have your baby there.
Find maternity services near you.
It's important to continue taking any medication prescribed unless your GP/specialist specifically tells you to stop. Please visit our Existing Health Conditions page for more information, or visit 'Bumps' ('Best Use of Medicines in Pregnancy').
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