Active labour. What’s happening, what it looks like and how you can cope

People are often worried about active labour. It is a big deal! We sat down to chat about active labour. Lots of people sent in their thoughts on what they wish they had known about active labour before they gave birth. An awful lot of the feedback was about labour support. Check it out:

I’ve prepared a quick list of tips about how to be awesome at labour support. It is a quick cheat sheet to get you started.

My tip sheet is a great place to start but it barely scratches the surface. If you want the expert guide to labour support then you need to check out The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin. 

The Birth Partner is brilliant for several reasons. Penny Simkin is a physiotherapist, doula and doula trainer with years of experience. She is a leader in her field. In her book, Penny translates her extensive experience into an easy to read and easy to use reference guide. This is the book to get if you are going to be supporting someone through a birth. Or, if you are pregnant and want your birth partner to have help learning how to support you during your birth then this book will help. One of the things I love about it is that you don’t have to read it cover to cover. It is great if you do, but it is designed so that you can quickly move the sections you need in the moment. So if you have a birth partner that is unlikely to read a whole book, this book is still useful. 

If you purchase The Birth Partner through the link below, we will get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Part of that money will go towards Human Rights in Childbirth (HRiC). The mission of HRiC is to clarify and promote the fundamental human rights of pregnant people. 

We are wishing you ALL the best. Remember, you got this!


Genia is a registered midwife and lactation consultant with Generations Midwifery Care. Interested in photos, stories and educational content? Follow us on Instagram!