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.
If you have to go to hospital because of complications or for an emergency caesarean, your partner or support person can go to the hospital with you. If you're having a caesarean, your partner can stay with you if you're having an epidural or spinal anaesthetic. But if you need to have a general anaesthetic, your partner will have to leave the operating theatre.
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.