How to be an incredible support for labour…

Being a support person in labour is a HUGE role.

Think of yourself as the Sherpa helping her climb Mt.Everest, the fans at the MCG cheering on their sporting heros, the cheer squad running along side her as she crosses that marathon finish line.

You can make ALL the difference by knowing how to be an incredible support: Here’s 50 tips to guide you.

“Are you planning on breastfeeding?”

It’s part of the antenatal clinic checklist. To discuss a woman’s feeding preference.

“Are you planning on breastfeeding?”

The most common response I was usually given: “If I can”.

In Australian, our breastfeeding initiation rate at birth consistently sits above 95%. Data from the ABS (2020-2021) shows that by 2 months of age the rate of exclusively breastfed infants falls to approximately 75%, and then to approximately 66% at 4 months of age. What does this tell us? That women want to breastfeed. Yet something is happening in the early weeks and months, that results in this decline.

Let’s talk about prolapse

Did you know that about 1/2 of women who have had a child will have some level of prolapse? 1 in 5 women will need to seek professional support. That’s 20%!

I am one of those 1 in 5 women. And I’ve decided to share my story because just like with physiological birth, I feel like our ‘system’ does not support women’s pelvic health. There is not enough awareness, conversation, preventative strategies out there to support the needs of women in this space.

So I’m starting this conversation – with my prolapse story.

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