Stay-calm Childbirth Advice for Moms and Dads

What Scares Dads-to-Be

Fear of fainting.

In reality, most men hold up just fine. If your husband is particularly nervous, make sure he attends childbirth classes. "Men who watch childbirth films beforehand are less shocked when they see their wives deliver," Dr. Carl V. Smith says.

Cutting the umbilical cord.

It's their big moment -- but some men worry that they'll somehow do it wrong. Remind your spouse that there are no nerves in the cord, so cutting it doesn't hurt mom or child.

Seeing you in pain.

There's not much for him to do during your labor and delivery. What can help, though, is developing a birth plan together. Letting your husband be your advocate in the delivery room will make him feel less helpless.

Copyright © 2003 Denise Schipani. Reprinted with permission from the September 2003 issue of Parents magazine.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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