It is important to have the right person / people with you during labour and birth. Birth partners can be more important than pain relief.
When choosing your birth partner(s) think about:
Þ Who calms you down when your are anxious?
Þ Who has a calming influence and makes you feel loved?
Þ Who don’t you mind seeing you when you are in pain, upset, worried and naked?
Þ Who wouldn’t mind seeing you during labour and has the strength to support you during labour?
The right birth partner for you might be your partner, mother, sister a friend, a doula or more than one person. Even if you do not wish to be touched during labour, knowing that your birth partner is there might help.