Labor pain relief
and how supporting partner can be helpful
Your partner can do a lot more for you than just hold your hand and coach your breathing in the delivery room. He can actually help to shorten the time span of your labor, manage your labor pains without reducing your contractions, and make your contractions more successful. All he needs to do is learn a few simple acupressure and reflexology techniques.
Studies have shown that acupressure is a great way to reduce the discomfort of labor pains without stopping the contractions. Finger pressure on the proper acupoints will work with your body to optimize your birth experience, helping both you and your baby to get through it with as little pain as possible.
Be sure to avoid practicing any of the points that are known to start contractions, however, until you have passed your due date. For these points, have your partner practice them on himself until you’re in the delivery room.
Below are just three of the points that your partner can use to make himself more useful during your delivery. Note that you should never feel pressure directly on a bone. If you do, your partner is not applying pressure to the correct spot.
This point is between the spine and the dimples above the buttocks. If you want more pressure, you can rock your pelvis toward his fingers. This point may be hard for him to reach if you’re lying on your back. It is most often used when you’re in a kneeling position or during water births. However, your partner may be able to reach underneath you during labor and apply pressure to these points on each side if it’s comfortable for both of you.
Circling Jump (GB30)
If you’re lying on your back, this point will be easier for your partner to reach than the Second Bone Orifice point. He can find it by placing his finger at the top of the crease of your buttocks, and moving in a straight line to the side of your hip. You’ll know the point when he has found it because it will be more tender than the surrounding areas. Your partner can press the point on one side for awhile and then move to the other side.
Hand Reflexology Points
These points are easy to find because they are where each finger meets the palm of your hand. Your partner can apply pressure to the base of each finger, one at a time, or you can fold your fingers over a comb so that it will apply pressure to all of the finger points at the same time. This is especially helpful during harder contractions because it gives you something to grip while it helps your body handle the labor pains.
Your man no longer has to feel at loose ends while you do the work of bringing his child into the world. He can participate in the birth process and know that he is truly helping you and your baby to have an easier, faster, and better experience.
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