Support Partners Are Your Coach

With COVID, some hospitals are allowing women one support person to accompany them on their initial journey into motherhood. Most people will choose their husband, mom or even best friend. Whoever you choose, make certain that someone is both reliable and supportive as well as open to being available for a few days consecutively. Babies don’t always arrive on the planned schedule.

Sometimes the support person can come and go as he or she pleases – sometimes they must stick around for the duration of your stay. The role of the support person is to be just that – supportive. They’ll be by your side for one of the most emotional days of your life. Make certain your support partner is comfortable during his or her stay by encouraging them to bring along their own pillow and blanket, snacks, cell phone charger, camera (should you choose to ask them to take pictures of the big moment), a couple changes of clothing and a great attitude. This person should be willing to be down in the trenches with you and get you anything you need, hold your hand, keep you focused and make the coffee and Jimmy Johns runs once baby is born.

If you can only share this time with one other person right now, make sure you have someone by your side who reminds you that you are amazing and that you’ve got this, Mama – because you do! We’ll be here every step of the way.