Stepping Up: A Man’s Guide to Birth Coaching
Attend to Her Physical Comfort
Meeting her physical needs can be as simple as giving her ice chips to suck on or giving her a massage. You might help her keep her mind off any discomfort by reading to her or watching her favorite movie on a portable DVD player. You can remind her to keep drinking fluids if she is allowed them and to keep emptying her bladder. If she is in labor for a long while, you might also help her take a shower, take her for a walk around the ward, or help her balance on a birthing ball. Ask her what you can do to make her more comfortable—and get it done quickly.
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