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Q&A: Should My Partner Join Me for Checkups?

Q. Should my partner come with me to my medical appointments?

A. If the dad-to-be wants to come to your doctor's appointments -- and you want him there -- he's certainly welcome. He doesn't need to rearrange his schedule to come to every appointment, but there are a few he should attend:

  • Your first appointment with your obstetrician. In addition to meeting your doctor, your partner can ask questions, supply details about his family's medical history, and be in on the conversation about tests such as amniocentesis (also called an amnio) and genetic screening.
  • Appointments that include medical procedures and tests. An amniocentesis is a whole lot easier when the person you love is right there with you.
  • Appointments in which test results will be discussed. If your doctor has upsetting news, having your partner by your side can help, particularly if you face difficult decisions.
  • An office visit toward the end of your pregnancy. During this time, your partner can ask any questions he may have about labor and delivery.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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