Your Support Team
Choosing Your Personal Support Team
You, the father of your child or your partner, and your baby will benefit from having a team of supportive people. Who can be on your support team? Anyone you trust. For many women, the primary support person is their partner. However, mothers and fathers need more than one support person. They need a health care support team and a personal support team. Remember, support teams vary and are unique to each expectant family.
Who might be on your health care support team?
- family doctor and/or obstetrician
- registered midwife
- hospital nurses
- public health nurses
- HealthLink BC (tele‑nurses, pharmacists and dietitians)
- dental hygienist
- prenatal educator
- registered dietitian
- lactation consultant
- naturopathic physician
Who might be on your personal support team?
- your partner, friends
- a social worker
- a doula (trained, supportive labour companion)
- family members
- expectant families from prenatal classes
- community groups
- members of your cultural or religious groups
Who will be on your personal support team?
Once you have decided, share your plans with them and ask for their commitment. Record their contact information and keep it in a safe and easy‑to‑access place.
How can your support teams help?
- provide medical expertise
- help you make decisions
- provide emotional support
- provide practical support
- help while you are pregnant
- help at the birth
- help after the birth
A Special Word to Partners
You can be supportive by:
- sharing a healthy lifestyle before, during, and after pregnancy
- sharing in physical activities
- helping with relaxation techniques
- attending appointments and prenatal classes
- preparing the home for the new baby
- being involved in the labour and birth
- talking about and planning for parenting
- being actively involved in caring for the baby
- encouraging and helping with breastfeeding
- arranging holidays or leave from work to help with the new baby