Help me to be a great birth support person!
June 21, 2010 8:35 AM Subscribe
My sister has asked me to be with her when she gives birth to her first baby this August - yay! I want to be as helpful as I can be, so I'm looking for advice and resources.
posted by sabotagerabbit to health & fitness (23 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This is her first baby, and I don't have kids either, so it's a first for both of us. Her husband will be with her, and they will have done some sort of birthing class beforehand. I've made it clear to her that I'm there for whatever she needs (including running back to their place to feed the dog, bringing her husband food, etc.), and I recognize that it may come down to her not even wanting me there in the end - this isn't about me being overbearing or elbowing her husband out of the way!
But in the event that I am actually there through the whole process, I'd like to be able to help a bit with coaching, as well as helping to advocate for her when she's obviously busy with other stuff (i.e. pushing out a baby). They really want as natural a birth as possible (given that they'll be in a hospital), and I know that those kinds of wishes are often kind of stomped on by the medical profession, so I'd like to be able to help with that, as well as anything else to make things slightly easier for her.
For any of you who have had babies or been with people while they were having a baby, what advice would you give? Additionally, are there any great books or other resources that would make me a better support person for my big sis?