First Time Dad

Pregnant women will experience a variety of emotions during pregnancy and childbirth and so do “First Time Dads “.

If you feel scared, shocked, anxious or guilty; it’s completely normal.

The role of a father during delivery has tremendously changed over the past 20 years. Nowadays Dads are pushed to be next to their partners during labor. Childbirth classes, information and techniques acquired during pregnancy time are a must for all men willing to attend their baby childbirth. Along with the lessons, dads should try to meet other dads who are having the same experience. Don’t feel embarrassed or hesitant about asking for help. Your role is very important as a coach and as a supportive partner to your wife in every step.

Here are some steps you can use to assist your partner during pregnancy and child birth:

1. Go with her to all prenatal visits. This will help you to get to know the people who will be taking care of her and of the baby during childbirth.

2.  Read and check out all resources related to the subject. Ask her doctor about childbirth classes. Discuss with your partner any issue.

3.  Help with all the planning for the baby. Shop with her and prepare the baby room.

4.  Help your partner stay healthy during pregnancy. Help her to exercise, eat lots of vegetable and drink water.

5. Assist her in preparing her bag for labor.

6. Coach, encourage and support your partner during childbirth. Be with her all time.

7. Share in the delivery. You may be allowed to cut the umbilical cord. It is a great way to bond with your child!

8. Support your partner’s decision to breastfeed.