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In the last 100 years the culture of giving birth has changed dramatically, moving from home to hospitals and being cared for by Midwives with whom they often have no previous relationship. For me, the Midwives who were in the room when I gave birth to both the girls, I had never met before. Without doubt, this has had a profound impact on the level of confidence and often on the birth outcome that women experience. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since the 1970’s, there has been a shift towards fathers being at birth. Sadly, preparing fathers for birth is fairly uncommon, even today, so many go into the birthing room with no knowledge or tools to use and are just expected to know what to do. They are often scared and feel out of their depth. As a result, they are pumping out adrenalin ( which the mother will absorb aswell), and heavily rely on the medical team to “do something”, often seeking additional medical intervention during labour, before the mother needs it or when it may not actually be necessary. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ No matter who you choose to have at the birth with you, they will play a vital role in helping you stay FOCUSED, CALM and INSTINCTIVE.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Physiologically a woman needs no “support” to give birth. However, she can greatly benefit from EMOTIONAL and PRACTICAL support, especially when giving birth away from familiar surroundings. Key factors to help her relax are that she FEELS SAFE, UNOBSERVED, does not feel JUDGED and has FOCUSED and CONTINUOUS CARE.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Who was your birth partner? Did you know your midwife when you gave birth? Comment 👇🏻

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