By Jen Milligan
I need to repent of my midwifery sins of long ago. Taking a photo of a dad when he had fainted during his wife’s labour before running to his aid probably wasn’t my finest hour of compassion. His wife found it highly entertaining though! Once that epidural is in, the cheeky personality of mum (and midwife) can really come out!
I actually do have a real desire to help dads and partners feel valued and useful during labour, as their role really is pivotal in the birthing experience.
Often the partner can feel apprehensive about what is lying ahead as they prepare for the birth of their baby. Most are wanting to offer the utmost support, but are unsure of the best way to go about it. So many dads and partners comment on the fact that they “felt useless”, “powerless to take the pain away”, or “didn’t have a role” during labour.
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Jen is a midwife with almost 20 years experience in a Sydney birthing unit. She now lives & works on the Central Coast, supporting new mothers as they transition into motherhood.
Ingrid is a birth & postpartum doula, living and working on the beautiful NSW Central Coast.