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Ten ways to help her during labor….

Let’s face it…during labor many of us feel helpless when it comes to comforting a laboring woman. Knowing a couple of right things to do and say is always helpful. Here are some ideas, feel free to expand them for your own use in labor and do what works for you! 

~And come Join us on:

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 TUESDAY March 3rd at 5:30 at Partners

…Licensed Massage Therapist Martha Johnson will be there to show you the benefits of massage…and teach partners how to use massage for relaxation during pregnancy and labor. Healthy snacks will be provided.

  1. Massage her face to help release stress and relax her.
  2. Remind her to go to the bathroom every hour. A full bladder imas4s not only uncomfortable but can stall labor.
  3. Try cool compresses on her neck and face. Even lightly washing her face can feel good when she’s working so hard. 
  4. Encourage her to drink fluids and eat to comfort if her care providers will allow it. Eating and drinking will help restore used energy for the marathon of labor.
  5. Help her change positions to encourage the progress of labor. Some positions will provide pain relief, others may feel more painful. Do what works for her.
  6. If her back is hurting do counter pressure with your hands on the small of her back (or wherever she says to do it) as hard as she likes. Doing this in the hands and knees position will also help with the pain.
  7. Be there for her. Even when she may say that she doesn’t wish to be toucmas1hed, being there for her is very important. Just stand near her so that she can feel your presence and verbally encourage her.
  8. Try the shower or tub. Water in labor is very good for pain relief of all sorts.
  9. Use a heat pad, rice sock or warm blanket to her lower back, limbs or perineum (at the end) to help her.
  10. Remind her of why she’s doing this: The baby! 

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