The day you have your baby is one of the most special and happiest days of your life and it’s so important that your partner can fully share in that wonderful experience.
The role of your partner can vary, from supporting you through your pregnancy to being an advocate for you during the birth.
Michaela Paul, Maternity Services Advisor at The Portland Hospital, explains how our facilities and support can help to make the experience more comfortable.
‘The Portland Hospital gives partners the best opportunity to be completely part of the whole birth experience ? a special time they can be fully involved in and can treasure the memories for a lifetime.’
Preparing for your birth
‘Your delivery will be complete with your own dedicated obstetrician or midwife, with whom you will have built a rapport throughout your pregnancy,’ says Michaela.
Having the same team during pregnancy can give the mother and her partner peace of mind.
Midwives and consultants will help you to develop your birth plan. Your choices are important to decide together, and your birthing team will always be there to guide you along the way.
When preparing for the birth it’s important for not only the mother-to-be to feel at ease, but also your partner too. Antenatal classes can help you feel more connected with your partner during this experience and partners are always invited to attend classes.
A supervisor of midwives will be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, if ever you and your partner have a question or a worry about the pregnancy or your birthing plans.
You will both be invited to our scheduled Open Days throughout the year or will have the opportunity to be shown around the hospital, so both can be familiar with our hospital by the time you come to have your baby.
Our upcoming Open Days at The Portland Hospital are on the 12th July, 13th September and 22nd November, and you can register your attendance here.
Labour and birth
During labour, your partner can provide you with support by making sure you have a few familiar things around you that will help to make you feel at ease.
Providing a mother-to-be with home comforts such as calming music, lotions and anything else that might help her relax can enhance the bond between mother and partner.
At The Portland, we encourage partners to be included in several aspects of the birth, including elective and low-risk caesarean sections. This can be discussed with your midwife or consultant, but the team can provide advice and reassurance at any time.
Incidentally, there are no set visiting times and your partner can stay with you for the duration of labour and the birth of your baby, and during your stay at the hospital.
After your birth
Michaela explains how The Portland Hospital ensures that the partner is made to feel comfortable after the baby is born.
‘Partners are able to stay with the mother in their own private room with a bed, and they also receive a complimentary breakfast after the first night at the hospital.’ Your partner will also be encouraged to help in the nursery, with bathing and changing your baby. Working together to adjust to parenthood can be a great start to family life. If you’d like more information, please visit the Maternity section of The Portland Hospital website.