Whoever your birth partner is – the baby's parent, a close friend, partner, or a relative – there are many practical things they can do to help you.
The most important thing your birth partner can do is just be with you.
Talk to your birth partner about the type of birth you'd like and the things you prefer not to do so they can help support your decisions. It can help to go through your birth preferences together.
There's no way of knowing what your labour is going to be like or how each of you will cope, but there are many ways a partner can help.
Whatever kind of birth you're planning for, your birth partner can:
Your birth partner may be able to cut the umbilical cord – you can talk to your midwife about this.
Bring snacks! Labour can be a long process, so bring lots of food and snacks along to keep yourself, and your partner going.