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Baby to Toddler 2009 The Border Mail 10 With love & support CHANCES are, you are going to be the birth partner when your partner gives birth. Although you don’t have to go through the physical strain of having the baby, your support role is just as important. Most couples will have worked out a birth plan to manage the labour and ensure an active involvement in the birth. A birth plan sets out your partner’s preferred plan for the birth and can include information about what you would like to happen if complica- tions occur. Now that you’ve come this far, you’re prob- ably excited about sharing the experience of your child’s birth. However if you’re feeling nervous, inadequate or a bit concerned that the process might make you squeam- ish, don’t worry — it’s normal to experience these concerns! You’ve most likely prepared for labour and birth by attending antenatal classes, talking to each other and doing lots of reading and research. If you haven’t, start right now! How will we know when labour is on its way? Your partner’s body starts preparing for labour by releasing hormones during the last few weeks of pregnancy. The pre-labour symptoms listed below vary in intensity be- tween different people, but can be used as a guide to show that your baby is on it’s way: What is my role during labour? As a couple, you have probably discussed birth and labour and decided on a birth plan. • When you can see the baby’s head, make sure your partner can too. Hold a mirror so that she can see the head and the body emerging. Labour and birth is a once in a lifetime experience with this particular baby, so make the most of it. Labour and birth may not always go exactly to plan, but the most important thing is to be there offering love, support and encouragement. Tips for a healthy pelvic floor • Avoid heavy lifting. • Perform pelvic floor exercises every day. • Avoid constipation through diet and by drinking water. • Try not to go to the toilet “just in case”. • Learn to wait until you have 250-300ml in your bladder. • Learn the correct toilet position and avoid slumping and straining. Quick food safety checklist • Ensure all meats, poultry and fish are thoroughly cooked. • Ensure meat is thoroughly defrosted prior to cooking. • Do not allow raw meat or eggs to come into contact with other foods. • Eat only pasteurised dairy products. • Avoid soft cheese (such as brie and camembert) and processed deli- meats. • If you are a heavy coffee drinker reduce your caffeine intake. 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As your partner will be doing all the hard physical work, you can be of enormous help simply by being there, offering encouragement and support and making sure her wishes are met. Here are some basic tips: • Stay close to your partner so that you work out what she wants and needs and provide it. • Be emotionally supportive and offer encouragement. It’s easier if you keep talking to each other and maintain eye contact. • Reassure your partner about how well she’s doing and how far she has come. • Keep your partner relaxed between contractions and offer to massage her. • If the hospital allows your partner to eat and drink, offer her snacks for energy. • Keep pain management and general comfort aids handy, eg: hot water bottle, massage oil, stress ball, face washer, lip balm, socks, tissues etc. • During painful contractions, help your partner manage the pain by being positive and calming her anxiety. • Help her with the breathing routine you practised during antenatal classes or, if necessary, help her establish or adapt to a new method. • Support your partner physically to ensure she is as comfortable as possible — suggest positions, massage her, offer her comfort aids and talk to her. What is my role at birth ? By now, you will have done an excellent job of helping your partner through the painful first stage of labour. It’s time to prepare for the delivery of your baby! Your partner will still need lots of encouragement and sup- port, so offer the following help: • Help your partner find a comfortable position — she probably already knows what is most comfortable, but you can make suggestions and help her. • Help your partner with her breathing rhythm and remind her to take deep breaths as she pushes. • Comfort, reassure and relax your partner in between contractions by massaging her or wiping her face.