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Most of the birthing companions who attend my classes think either
" I am not worried about the birth, but I want to support her and have no idea what to do" or
" Aaargh! She’s pregnant and I have no idea what to expect or do on the day!"
Generally, birth companions - whether they are the baby's dad, a partner, friend or relative - do not know what a 'good' birth looks like, how the mum is likely to react to the different stages of labour and what on earth they should be doing at any point in the proceedings.
Does this sound like you? Not to worry, as this reaction is very common because many people have not been involved in good birth experiences … unless they have used the HypnoBirthing® Mongan Method and are now recommending the course to you!
Firstly, by making the decision to come along to the course with her you are demonstrating to the mum that you are there for her. The information you will learn and take away with you is more than you will receive at hospital appointments and traditional ante-natal classes.
Secondly, when you come along to the course it's your choice whether you fully participate or just soak up the calm atmosphere.
Fathers and birthing partners say one of the most valuable skills they learn is the ability and confidence to talk to medical people and respectfully ask questions to understand the options as the pregnancy, labour and birth progress. This can make a huge difference to the experience of mum and baby.
Other advantages coming to my classes include:
What happens in classes
Do you feel prepared for conception, pregnancy and birth?
For Dads and partners
We are doing well and feeling great thank you. Loving every minute!
Labour feels like a long time ago now but looking back I feel so lucky that everything resulted in a healthy, calm, contented baby. After the initial shock that I needed to be induced there and then I felt excited and knew we were prepared and ready for whatever path it took. The only way I can think to describe it is I felt like a super hero and my birth companion was my trusty sidekick! :-) sounds cheesy but knowing my birth companion was by my side and that he had the tools to support me made me feel safe and relaxed.
Couple in Nottinghamshire