How to be a guest at a birth
Women giving birth are usually allowed one or two birthing partners to help them through the labor process. Giving birth is a painful and frightening experience for any woman, particularly a first time mum, so she will want people she loves and trusts to be around her. Usually one of these birth partners is her husband or partner, and the other may be a friend or family member. If you have been asked to be a guest and birthing partner for a friend, it is a great honour, and here are some tips for how to accept and be helpful during the birth.
- Ask the mother what she needs from you. Every mother is different, and where one mother might require hands on help and support, others may just want you to be quietly present whilst they deal with the situation. Ask her what she needs from you so that you are prepared before she goes into labor.
- Ask who else is going to be present. This will give you a chance to meet the other birthing partner in advance and get to know them so that you can all act as a team once labor is underway.
- Do not bring anyone else. If you have been invited then it is because your friend or partner wants you involved in an incredibly intimate and special moment of their life. If you invite someone else along then this may ruin this moment for them.
- Go to classes with the mother. Any childbirth classes the mother attends, it may be useful for you to join her at so that you can know what to do in almost any childbirth situation.
Finding solicitors in Walthamstow
If something happens during the birth of a child that affects the mother or the baby, and you feel that the accident or injury was caused by the negligence of a doctor or midwife, you may well be able to claim compensation from the hospital, or the medical professional themselves.
Accident Advice Helpline has over 10 years’ experience with personal injury compensation claims, and works with experienced and professional solicitors in Walthamstow to help you to get the compensation you deserve.
You can call the helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to the friendly, helpful team and get advice as to whether you should speak to solicitors in Walthamstow and start making a claim. You are under no obligation to proceed after this call, but if you do decide to go ahead you will be passed over to our experienced solicitors in Walthamstow, who will work on a 100% no win no fee* basis to get your claim processed. Your solicitors in Walthamstow will also work on your behalf, so you shouldn’t have to go to court.
Date Published: 7th April 2014
Author: David Brown