Pregnancy is stressful for Mom and Dad both. Mom gets most of the attention though, which can wear down an expectant father.
The first step in keeping your spirits up under stress is to communicate with your partner, family, friends, and health-care professionals. Let them know what you need, what you're thinking, and what you're feeling. (Yes, even what you're feeling!)Read more
I worry about adults who expend enormous energy trying to parent perfectly. They seem to believe that any parental mistake will irreparably damage and scar their children.
However, that’s not how mistakes work.Read more
Your partner is in labor, you've rushed out the door, and now you're in the emergency room. Your mind is focused on Mom, not hospital admission forms.
Have you ever entered the doors of any large institutions that didn't require you to fill out paperwork?Read more
Ever wonder why new dads often feel inadequate or unsure about their abilitit to parent well?
Look around your network of friends and acquaintances. How many of them hire teenage boys to babysit their children if the boy isn't already a member of the family? How many use girl sitters instead? Very few boys get hands-on training in child-rearing—especially infant care.Read more
Remember that your birth plan is a work in progress. Review it with the doctor and your partner. In addition, consider asking veteran parents about their labor and delivery stories.
If you can't find a template through your doctor or would like another option, check out this birth plan worksheet.
And be sure to check out my earlier post on creating a birth plan.Read more