By Samantha Garcia Gagnon, Pitt Meadows Doula
I don't know about you, but when I was pregnant for the first time, my husband was so excited to be there to support me through the birth. The thing is, he didn't actually do anything to prepare for it. He was going to wing it. And at the time, I thought that would be totally fine. After all, we would be surrounded by doctors and nurses and they can help us through it.
When birthing day arrived, we quickly realized that there was a lot to know and as hard as he tried, he needed to know more. For our second birth, he made sure to put in an effort to really get informed too and it made a giant difference in the support he was able to provide me.
Partners play a really big role in birth. They are there to give us physical comfort and that emotional support that only the person you love can give you. Birth is all about hormones - especially Oxytocin, which is also known as the Love hormone. Oxytocin is produced when you feel safe and comforted and loved - and that is totally where your partner comes in. Aside from that, your partner also needs to be able to navigate through the medical system and understand at least some of the medical terminology. If you are hiring a doula for your birth, then you have the huge advantage of having your doula share with your partner ways that he can best support you, while still being available to clarify some of the more confusing medical side. But even with a doula present, there is no such thing as a partner being too prepared.
And that is exactly where this idea of a partners only event stemmed from. We wanted to be sure to make it a fun and relaxed atmosphere and where better to do that then at the pub.
Yes, you read that right. The pub.
Partners + Pints is the pub night just for birth support.
Sorry, no baby bumps this time! Partners only.
Partners + Pints is a one-night session at the pub where a birthing person's partner can expect to learn how to best support her. Childbirth may feel overwhelming to the partners too, and this session prepares them for this special role.
The evening is designed specifically to give the labour support person practical tips that they can use to be a terrific birth partner. Whether they are a first timer, have been through birth once or twice before, or had a bit of a gap between children, they will leave with tools that they can put into practice during the birth.
We will be covering:
- Ways to help with pain relief and provide comfort during labour
- What to expect and what you should be doing with each stage of labour
- When to go to the hospital or call the midwife for home births
- How to ask questions from your care providers to make informed choices
- How to support your partner after baby arrives
All this and more will be covered in this casual pub night of practical information.
Each ticket includes a beer or a glass of wine plus a burger (beef, chicken or veggie) and a side (fries or salad).
Tuesday, 5 April 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Samz Neighbourhood Pub Pitt Meadows - 19267 Lougheed Highway Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2J5
Early bird tickets end March 15 2016
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