Culturally birth partners have come to be defined as supporters or helpers. For a parent to be this is rather missing the point, you should be present in your own right to witness the arrival of your baby. If you can provide additional support to Mum great and it is important that you both agree how this is going to work, but you are definitely not there just as a supporter. Caesarean Birth: A positive approach to preparation and recovery dedicates a detailed chapter (20 pages) to the subject, looking at the practicalities and the emotional impact of being a birth partner.
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