This is more of a for-fun post, but hopefully useful for some women too! 🙂
We never know how labor is going to go. It is truly an exciting, thrilling and awe-inspiring journey.
After my first labor, I realized the important role that encouraging words had played in by birthing experience. I am convinced that they helped my labor to progress and to go well overall. I had been laboring for about 12 hours, during which time I had been having ongoing contractions every 1 to 3 minutes, when at one point my midwife said to me “I wouldn’t be able to do what you’re doing”… (hmm.. I’m not too sure about this as she has 4 kids 🙂 !.. but I believe she was encouraging me, and helping me to connect to my inner strength by making me feel like a “tough guy”.) There was also the staff in the room who literally cheered me on as I was pushing, I felt so supported!
So when my second pregnancy came around, I prepared my partner, months in advance, he was warned: there would be a list.
A list of things I wanted to hear during labor, and that he would have to say to me! 😉
Even if he didn’t think them, I essentially made him say them! Honestly, it was lovely to hear, and definitely made me feel, and know, that he was there for me. My second labor was so short however, that he only got a few of the phrases in, but these moments actually remain as truly beautiful memories from that labor.
Note: you may end up not wanting to hear anything at all! But at least he’ll be ready.
(If you’re feeling unsure about how to support someone during labor, here is a very useful article that gives excellent advice to untrained birth support people: https://www.bellybelly.com.au/birth/ten-tips-on-being-a-great-birth-support-person/)
Birth affirmations for dad:
Are you wondering about birth preparation?
I’ve put together a Birth Preparation eBook with what ended up being the most useful resources in both of my birthing experiences in helping me to prepare for birth.
Hi! I’m Myriam, a former dancer turned yoga teacher based in Montreal. I’m also mama to two unbearably beautiful little ones, ages 1 and 4. I believe in the virtues of bringing breath and body awareness as well as humor and loving-kindness to new mamas, and mamas-to-be. Read more→
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