The role of a birth partner is one of the most important roles during birth. This person should be continuously by the pregnant person’s side and on their side. Traditionally a birth partner is typically the baby’s daddy, but as we live in a very diverse world it can be a friend, a life partner, a family member, a parent or a doula. The relationship of the birth partner is not actually important, it’s their contribution during the birth that’s important.
At the Positive Birth Group, we want you to know how important you are – birth partner I am talking to you! Do not underestimate what a massive, positive difference you can make to the birth. A birth partner’s role is hugely important – in fact, you’re and should be, second-in-command throughout the birth.
Birth partners can either feel like a spare part – an observer – or they can feel overwhelmed by the pressure and responsibility of birth. Even though they want to be involved and protect the pregnant person, often they just don’t know what to do or how to be involved in the birth. The thought of taking on so much responsibility can sometimes cause birth partners to freeze – the opposite effect of what’s needed.
So, here at The Positive Birth Group, we have come up with a simple way to remember what a birth partner is responsible for, so you can be confident in how you can help your partner during the birth.
The SCOPE of a birth partner is to provide:
S – Safety. Keep the pregnant person feeling safe. You’re the one they know better than anyone else they’ll meet during the whole birthing process.
C – Communication. Whilst they’re giving birth, keep up regular communication with the medical team. This means that the birther can focus and not be interrupted.
O – Offerings. Offer the birther water, fluid and food. They need to stay hydrated and fed, to give them energy. Offer them water every 10 – 20 minutes.
P – Preferences. Know the birth preferences/plan so you can confidently speak on behalf of the birther. When you know the birth preferences inside out, this will help with communication and, again, allows the birther to focus on their body and the birth.
E – Environment. Protect and set up the environment. Set up the space to be calm and relaxed. Dim the lights, have music on, create a calm atmosphere. Discussing how you want the environment to feel before birth is important. Don’t allow unnecessary people in and out of the room.
So there you have it! Knowing the SCOPE of your role is all you need to know.
If you’re a birth partner, or you want your birth partner to have an active role in your birth, you can learn more about the SCOPE of this role by enrolling on one of our courses – see all of The Positive Birth Group courses HERE>>>