Labor Support Tips for Dads

Confused about what you're supposed to do during labor? Here's the lowdown for first-time fathers.

The day my son was born, I walked the hospital corridors for three hours with my husband, Jeff. He kept me company, held my hand, and made corny remarks like "Fetus, don't fail me now!" to take my mind off the contractions. Could I have made it through childbirth without him? Probably. Would I have wanted to? Not on your life.

In the delivery room, it's up to Mom to do all the pushing, but Dad plays a big role in the birthing process too. Labor can be an overwhelming and scary experience for first-time mothers. Just by being there, you're providing your partner with much-needed comfort and encouragement. The tips here can help you feel a little more secure in your scrubs.

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