This one isn’t one to watch during pre labor, as if the person is already in pre labor, the time for perineal stretching is past. But if you’re watching this the month before due date, or earlier, this is a good one to know about. Perineal stretching will improve the mama’s perception of a controlled birth, give you (the birth partner) something specific AND SUPER IMPORTANT to do, and allow you guys time to talk about the pregnancy thus far, and all your hopes and dreams for the future…but no pressure.
Doing this will help improve mama’s confidence in herself, and her perceived happiness at labor experience, but perineal stretching is not for everyone. If you, or your person, are not comfortable with this, focus on the relaxation techniques instead.