Your support people might include:
- your partner
- your birth partner
- another family member
- a friend
- your doula
- other health professionals – for example, a Reiki or massage therapist or acupuncturist.
Your support people, including your children, can be with you during labour and birth.
Ask about any situations where your birth partner or other support people might be asked to leave the room. If you have to go to hospital and/or you need an emergency caesarean, your partner or other support people might not be able to be with you.
What your support people need to know
Homebirth can give you a lot of flexibility and control over your environment and the people you have with you during labour and birth, including your children. These people can give you valuable support and comfort.
Speak with your midwife about the upsides and possible downsides of having more than a few support people at the birth. Before the birth, it’s a good idea to talk with your support people about your birth plan, so they know what you want them to do.