Birth Partner's Role (Coach) This could be your significant other, sister, brother, grandmother... anyone who the mother is close to who will support her through the pregnancy, delivery, and when she takes the baby home!
Accepting the Pregnancy <ul><li>The first step you need to take as the coach is accept that the mother will have a baby. This could take a long time for some coaches. </li></ul>
Support the Mother <ul><li>This is the most important role of the coach. You can support the mother by listening to her concerns, encouraging her throughout her pregnancy. Help her accomplish physical tasks she can no longer do until after she gives birth. Help her sort through her fears about being pregnant and having a baby. </li></ul>
Caution! <ul><li>Increased tensions between the mother and coach is common. Even though pregnancy can be an exciting time, it also is a big change and can be stressful for both partners. Fear and stress can rub off on the other partner. Each one needs to put effort into supporting each other and building the relationship during this eventful period. </li></ul>
Prepare a Home for the Baby <ul><li>Help the mom decorate a space for the baby. Put together baby furniture. Stock up on diapers, wipes, and things the baby will need. Consider finances and resources to help care for the mother and baby. </li></ul>
Establish your Relationship with the Baby <ul><li>Talk, listen or sing to the baby; rub and kiss the mother's abdomen. Discuss name ideas for the baby. These activities help confirm the reality of pregnancy and promote attachment to the baby! Think through and share what your thoughts are on questions like: </li></ul><ul><li>"What do you expect the baby to look and act like?" </li></ul><ul><li>"What type of relationship will you have with the baby?" </li></ul><ul><li>"Have you thought about the baby's crying? Changing diapers? Being awakened in the middle of the night? Sharing your partner with the baby?" </li></ul>
Preparing for Childbirth <ul><li>Discuss with the mother what your role will be during the labor process and when the baby comes home. </li></ul>
Take Childbirth Preparation Classes <ul><li>These classes will be especially helpful if you don't know much about care of the mother and the baby throughout the whole process. You will learn things like changing a diaper, how to feed a baby, what the labor and delivery process will be like, what type of behavior to expect from newborns and their mothers. </li></ul>