You can do a lot to help your partner during labor and birth.
Note: If you are holding her legs when she is pushing, be careful not to push her legs back too far. With certain medicines and her focus on pushing, she may not feel the "overstretch" of her legs. This overstretching can damage her muscles and joints and will be painful after she gives birth.
Labor is emotionally and physically challenging for both you and your partner. There may be a time when she hits an emotional low. She may feel like she cannot go on and wants to give up. She may be in despair and weeping. She may be so tense she cannot relax. She may be in pain. You may be tired and discouraged yourself. But, your head will be clearer.
Here are ways you can "take charge" and help her:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
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