Hospital Paperwork for Expectant Dads

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?

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Silence of the Dads

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.

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Dad and the Birth Plan-Part 2

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.

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Dad & the Birth Plan-Part 1

Most expectant parents write up a birth plan—a document stating what you want and expect to happen during the pregnancy, labor, and delivery. As an expectant father, the birth plan gives you a role in planning and helps you be explicit about your wishes with each other and with the doctor. 

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The Work of Dads and Daughters

Surveys of girls continue to show that, while most expect to work for pay when they are women, they also anticipate that a man will take care of them financially. This astounding attitude is evidence of how powerful the unrealistic Disney-like myths remain in our daughters’ impressions. That’s why sharing our work heritage – including our work ethic, obligations and experience -- is so valuable for our daughters’ futures.

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