Dunwoody OB/GYN

Ways to Assist in a Successful Labor

  • Labor is a challenging time for both mom and her partner. Here are some tips to help mom’s partner aid her in having the most successful labor possible:
  • Talk to her lovingly, softly, and with encouragement.
  • Encourage her to walk and to change positions frequently.
  • In early labor, help to distract her from contractions. Go to a movie, walk in the park, or walk in the mall—NEAR YOUR DELIVERY HOSPITAL!
  • Aid her in maintaining a relaxed body and attitude. She needs to be as loose as possible.
  • Encourage her to drink liquids.
  • Remind her to use the bathroom.
  • Offer her ice chips; if she is warm or perspiring, use cool, wet cloths on her face and back.
  • Help her to focus on her goal—delivering a healthy baby.
  • Talk her through her contractions. Time them for her, and let her know when she is almost through them. If she is on a monitor, keep her informed on her progress through it.
  • Remind her and help her to use her breathing techniques
  • Touch, support and hold her through the contractions—if this is her preference.
  • Don’t be offended is she does not desire to be touched, supported, or held. 
    • Commonly laboring women will change moods frequently.
  • Apply balm to her lips as they become dry.
  • Massage her; apply counter pressure to her back.
    • Use a warm rice pack to assist with your massaging.
    • Offer her a heating pad on a low to medium setting
  • Praise her often; remind her of her goals, of her baby that will soon be in her arms.
  • Remain positive and calm even if she panics and becomes outrageous. 
    • Remember, it is just the process of labor and is a very natural occurrence.
  • Try not to leave her alone for any long period of time.
    • She may become scared and anxious.
  • Ask her what she needs and how you can be of assistance.
  • Continue to praise and reassure her