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​Ask the Doulas: How to Provide Verbal Support In Labor

This is the second post in our Ask the Doulas series.We have gathered a variety of doulas to share wisdom gained from their experience working with hundreds of families. Why is verbal support important when supporting someone in labor? Verbal support is a technique that can be done in a types...

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​Having a Second Baby: Refresh Your Support Techniques

It’s not uncommon for parents to put very little preparation into the birth of a second child. The first time around, childbirth is a great unknown which leads most couples to invest time and energy in preparation of the big day. With a second child, however, the big day can sneak up on you....

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Supporting at a home birth

Is home birth partner support different from hospital birth partner support? At SupportingHer, we get asked this question frequently. And it’s an excellent question, because the birth settings are so different from one another. While it’s true that home birth offers a higher level of...

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Ask the Doulas: How to Take Care of Yourself in Labor

This is the first post in our Ask the Doulas series.We have gathered a variety of doulas to share wisdom gained from their experience working with hundreds of families. Why is it important for Partners to Take Care of Themselves in Labor? Labor can be a long and physically demanding life...

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10 Ways to Provide Physical Support in Labor

Our number one rule for physical support is TRY. Don't wait for your partner to ask you for the support. Try these techniques out and listen see if they work. Keep them up if they are working well and stop they if they aren't. 1. Hold Hands This is one of the easiest types of physical support...

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Prenatal Testing Basics

From a baby shower and a gender reveal party, to diaper shopping and choosing a theme for the nursery, the next phase of your life is going to be filled with a whirlwind of changes, and decisions to be made. These events are routine fare, especially once your loved ones find out that you are...

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Laughing Gas in Labor

Nitrous oxide is a gas inhaled through a mask that is used to relieve pain and reduce anxiety. It’s also called “laughing gas” and is most commonly used at the dentist’s office. Did you know that it can also be used during labor? Laughing gas is a medicine that works on your whole body but is...

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How My Partner Could Have Been Better Prepared for Labor & Delivery

There’s nothing quite like the reality of hitting the third trimester and how REAL your approaching due date is. Of course the reality of birth (and maybe some anxiety and worry) has likely been looming somewhere in your mind, but something about the third trimester moves it to the front. With...

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What should I say to my partner in labor?

One of the easiest ways to support your partner during labor, birth and the early days of motherhood is through verbal support. Specifically, a well-timed encouraging phrase can be one of the most powerful initiatives you can make as a teammate and coach. Your supportive phrase just might help...

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Hospital Packing List - For Partners!

Anyone out there preparing for the big day of labor? If so, congrats! There is going to be another human being here soon! So many exciting emotions. And….so many things to do. It is possible that right about now your mind is spinning with labor day “to-do” lists. Is the car seat...

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