The browser you are using is too old for our website. Please visit from Chrome and you will be able to browse normally.


      Helping at the birth

      Birthing Partner

      Helping at the birth

      A helping hand

      Supporting your partner during birth

      Being present when your baby comes into the world is an incredible experience. But there’s more to labour than standing back and watching. As a birthing partner, you’ll be there to offer all the support your partner needs, too.

      Getting prepared

      The best way to prepare for your partner’s labour is to attend antenatal classes. Not only will you learn ways to help your partner relax, such as breathing techniques and massage, but you’ll also get to know about all the different stages of labour and what to expect.

      Antenatal classes
      Antenatal classes are the best way to prepare for labour.

      How to help during the birth

      There are lots of ways you can play a part in helping your partner during labour. First off, make sure you’re familiar with her birth plan, so that when she’s busy concentrating on pushing and breathing, you can ensure her wishes are being met. Other than that, keep food and drink to hand for when she needs them and try putting what you learnt at antenatal classes into action. You could also ask if your partner would like you to:

      • Massage her feet and lower back
      • Document the event with photos
      • Help her change positions to stay comfortable
      • Cut the umbilical chord
      • Cool her down with a flannel or water spray
      • Help her stay mobile by walking around with her
      • Give her encouraging words (e.g. when you can see the baby’s head)

      One of the most helpful things you can do is to remain calm for your partner – this will help her stay relaxed and calm too.


      • Find out about local antenatal classes
      • Take a look at our Preparing and Planning for Birth page for more tips
      • Get to know your partner’s birth plan if she has one

      Your baby's future health begins here

      Your baby's future health begins here

      At Aptaclub, we believe that experience helps to build resilience; that each new encounter, whether in pregnancy or after birth, can shape your baby’s future development. With our scientific expertise and one-to-one round the clock support, we can help you and your baby embrace tomorrow.

      Join Aptaclub

      Related articles

      Get in touch with our Careline experts

      Our midwives, nutritionists and feeding advisors are always on hand to talk about feeding your baby. Need instant assistance? Our WhatsApp Customer Support team is here to help on-the-go!

      Your privacy is important to us and therefore we would like to explain how we use cookies on this website. With your consent, we will use cookies to measure and analyse how our website is used (analytical cookies), to tailor it to your interests (personalisation cookies), and to show you relevant advertising and information (targeting cookies) we think you will like. For more information please read the cookie statement.

      Privacy Settings

      You can choose your preferences anytime for cookies and tracking. For more information please read our cookie policy.

      • Strictly necessary

        They are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services (setting your privacy preferences, logging in, filling in forms, etc.). You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work.

      • Analytical cookies

        They allow us to count visits and traffic sources, to measure and improve the performance of our site. They show us which pages are the most and least popular and how visitors move around the site. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

      • Personalisation cookies

        They enable website’s enhanced functionality and personalization. They may be set by us or by third parties whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies, some or all of these services may not function properly.

      • Targeting cookies

        They may be set through our site by our advertising partners, to build a profile of your interests and to show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.