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Top 5 ways to be supportive during labor

Author John Thompson
Submitted 19-02-2011

The weeks and months leading up to the birth of a child are certainly stressful for moms, but the time can be difficult for fathers-to-be as well. Some dads may be clueless as to how best support their wives during labor, but according to the parenting magazine Babble, there are a number of ways that men can get ready for the big day.

1. Read a birth book. It may seem like soon-to-be dads may not need to know about the ins and outs of pregnancy, but there are a number of titles that will demonstrate how to help during labor.

2. Provide distractions early on. Early labor can last anywhere between 6 and 18 hours, so help that your wife's mind off what's happening. According to the publication "staying calm will help her reserve energy for when the harder part of labor comes along."

3. Hold her hand. Sure, it's a small gesture, but it serves a number of purposes. It's a way to show support while also providing her with something to squeeze.

4. Help vocalize concerns. The news source reports that women in labor may not be able to articulate their questions to a medical professional during labor. Be in tune with her needs and help her express them.

5. Be as supportive as possible. Whether its reassurance that she will be a great mom or respect for the pain she's going through, believing in her is what's most important.