Trail mix is a good choice, as are granola bars or crackers. Speaking of onion and garlic, you will be up close and personal with mom and baby during this time. Keeping your teeth clean and breath fresh will make a big difference to all of you. Don't forget any needed medications for you or for mom. And make sure and pack your own pain relievers just in case you end up with a headache.
Memories of the whole experience are enhanced with photos and videos. Just make sure that you chat in advance about what your partner will want or tolerate your recording efforts. And in the heat of labor and transition, you should not be directing the family video but helping mom through her labor process. There will be time afterward for photos and videos of you, mom and baby. If you are like we were, there were tons of grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends waiting with bated breath for news of the baby's arrival and mom's status.
Make sure you have a wall charger as well, and you may want to bring a list of phone numbers to call as a back-up to your contacts list on the cell phone. There are often times during the labor and delivery process when mom will appreciate a quality massage.
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Bringing a bit of her favorite massage oil can really make a big difference in the experience. If you or your partner have some music that may help through the process, bring along your iPods, MP3 players, or a CD player and some music. Whatever works for you, bring it along. Moms in labor often feel warm, even in a labor room with temperatures that approximate a meat locker. A warm sweatshirt will be a good thing for Dad to have along just in case the thermostat is too high for mom.
You and mom will need to keep hydrated, but often the hospital staff will have some limits on her fluid intake. So bring what you like to drink. Water bottles, Gatorade or Powerade, Crystal Light or other beverages of the non-carbonated and non-alcoholic variety are best. One thing many dads have mentioned to me is the need for a good pillow. Jump in! Marshall, from Nashville and father of two. His wife had both children vaginally and naturally with no pain medication or medical interventions.
Go with the flow and just be there for her, especially on the day of.
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Also, it helps to be a buffer between her and your family. Whew — that was a lot of advice.
Hate to break it to you, but you will still probably feel pretty clueless going into birth, whenever your time comes. Stay present and enjoy the ride, dad. You can find more of Kara's work on her blog EarthWoman. Dads in the delivery room: Advice from a labor and delivery nurse Go with the flow Babies follow their own schedule, not ours.
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This comment is hidden. Click here to view. That sweetie is ready for some tittie-pie! It's hard work being born man!
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There is something so powerful and healing about seeing men embrace fatherhood. The singular most rewarding career you can ever have is parenthood. It a tough but awesome job. From the first contraction to the moment they held her in their arms Took my breath away. Allowing dads to have this opportunity — or encouraging them to sit skin-to-skin just after birth helps facilitate an opportunity for instant bonding with their babies.
Laura Fifield Photography Report. Each so intensely beautiful and powerful in its own way, I wish I could share every single one of them! I will definitely be spamming loads of them today! I can hardly believe it's already been three weeks since we brought our sweet girl earth side. It feels like just yesterday, but then it also feels like a lifetime ago.
Time is the strangest thing like that. Seeing these photos now and watching our video, it's totally like a dream. An incredibly amazing and perfect dream.
I am so grateful to her for being there to capture these priceless moments. We will forever cherish these photos! TC Birth Photographer Report. KEDocumentary Report. The amazing OB-GYN was super supportive of him being involved and when it came time for mom to push, basically walked dad through the delivery. He was completely hands-on, delivering his baby boy! Francesca Marchese Photography Report. Labor is both a solitary act And one that requires you find your deepest and truest support. Very true. Our kids are now 28 and 26 and that deep true support is still there! Hillarie Mae Photography Report.
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