10 Emotional Photos of Dads Helping Their Wives Give Birth
Women and babies are the stars of birth, but fathers play an important role, too. From massaging an exhausted mom-to-be’s back, to reminding her of her strength when she is at her most vulnerable, a supportive partner can make an enormous difference in labor and birth.
Even the World Health Organization (WHO) encourages a birth companion to be present with the mother at birth. And many mothers would choose their partner as their birth companion to support them during labor.
Support can mean massaging the laboring woman as a natural form of pain relief, making sure she has something to eat and drink, gentle touch and kisses that help release the love hormone oxytocin, or encouraging words to let her know that he believes in her, to tell her that she is beautiful and strong.