Labor Support Tips for Dads

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When I gave birth to my son, my husband began counting along with the nurse during my contractions, which I found really annoying. He stopped immediately when I shot him a do-it-and-die look. It wasn't rational, but I appreciated it when he stopped, no questions asked. "Women in labor can be more sharp-tongued than usual, so try not to take it personally," Maiolatesi says. "If you do feel hurt, ask a nurse to watch your partner while you take a break." On a different note: Let the medical staff know if your wife's labor is starting to affect you physically. Many men get light-headed in the delivery room. If you feel queasy, sit down or step outside for some air.

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