Men and Birth

29 Aug
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Men and Birth

Did you know that men only started to be present in the labour room in the 1960s?

Partners or husbands of the birthing mother can offer a lot of support that can help the labour progress smoothly and calmly.

Unfortunately, there are some birth classes and health care practitioners that don’t share enough knowledge with the male partner on how they can contribute most positively to the process.

 

Let’s talk about what happens when mom/dad to be are relaxed:

When a women is relaxed during labour, the hormone oxytocin surges. This is considered to be the ‘hormone of love’ and very helpful to support babies descent and birth.

When a man is relaxed during labour, his testosterone soars. How is this is enabled is if he feels like he is contributing and participating in supporting his partner.

On the other hand, if the male partner is present but not participating, this boost in testosterone does not occur. Men have reported post-partum feeling, “leftout, emasculated and powerless”. These feelings lead to the drop in testosterone and increase in adrenaline.

How does this affect the labouring women?
The famous midwife Ina May Gaskin has explained that all indigenous people know that when a woman is in labour, she can pick up on fear in a room, that fear and adrenaline is “contagious”.

So–for the male partners out there—learning about massage, hot/cold water during birth can be very helpful for the labouring mama. When he feels empowered, she will feel relaxed.

There are also some wonderful birth classes and Naturopathic Doctor doulas — right here at Erin Mills Optimum Health that can help you best prepare for the big day. Contact us today.

by,
Kirsten Almon ND, Doula
certified in HypnoBirthing

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