(Closed) Attending friend’s home birth

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My best friend was in the room during my hospital birth. She didn’t really “do” anything, but just having here there was awesome.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My friend had a home birth recently and some of the things her “helper” did included making light snacks, keeping her hydrated, adjusting the lighting in the room, keeping the cd of music (my friend created this earlier) playing… she was basically there for every little unforseen thing so her husband could stay with her.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

A great book with some good birth assisting info is “The Birth Partner” by Penny Simkin. Check it out!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@KatyElle:  Ditto.  🙂  Easily the most informative birthing book I’ve read.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Maybe ask her if she’d like you to take some pictures? If you’re both comfortable with it? If I had friend there with me I’d ask them to take pictures of everything. I wouldn’t want SO taking the pictures, I need him to support me. But a friend would be perfect to take some pics.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I had a friend, who was also my official doula, in the room. She’s had 8 children so it was really nice for her to be walking me through what I was feeling and that everything was normal and how wonderful I was doing. She was also amazing at knowing exactly where to touch me and when. Ask your friend to maybe write down some things that help her when she’s in pain… this way you have some before hand knowledge 🙂 Or she might not want to be touched at all, which is better to know before she hits transition, lol.

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