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The average length of labour with a first time mum is more than 12 hours, so trying to be a supportive birth partner is important. Before birth, ask your partner if she has a birth plan.

Things that you might like to help your partner with in the lead up to birth include packing a bag for the hospital, as well as helping choosing music, massage oils or scents. On the day, be adaptable. Sometimes circumstances change, and your partner needs you there for anything from a joke, a hug or maybe a cry. Be polite to the midwives and staff to try and help bring a calm and supportive environment into the birth. Good luck!

Are you a mum-to-be and looking for an obstetrician to assist you through this journey, or a birthing partner with more questions? Get in touch with the team at Dr Elizabeth Jackson’s clinic today or read more HERE.