I’m no daddy blogger but I think I can be forgiven a few posts on upcoming fatherhood.
With only a few weeks to go thoughts turn to the birth. How will I cope? Male friends have been pretty hopeless on the subject of pregnancy, childbirth and fatherhood in general. “You’re never going to sleep again” does not count as practical information.
Here’s a list of things to do and ways to be for a first time father during childbirth. I will follow my own advice and in a few weeks I can report back on my success or lack thereof.
1. When my lovely lady wife tells me it’s time to go I will not panic. Calmly I will pack the remaining items that my thoughtful love has written down on a piece of paper and placed in my wallet. I will then take everything to the car, help my beloved from the house to said vehicle and then calmly drive to the hospital making sure that the correct play list is playing on the stereo.
2. I will not incessantly ask “Are you alright” during the journey.
3. Arriving at the hospital I will follow the advice of the midwives and not ask lots of questions because I have already read the holy tomes about pregnancy and birth. If I sense that my wife is uncertain about anything then, and only then, will I speak up.
4. I will not continually leave my wife’s side to go outside and have a cigarette.
5. I will not continually ask “Are you alright” during pre-labor.
6. When labor proper begins I will not freak out.
7. During labor I will “be there” for my wife but I will not attempt to be too overbearing. What she needs is a calm presence!
8. I will not endlessly ask my wife “Are you alright” as she’s giving birth.
9. When the baby arrives I will not pass out or grab the baby to check it has all its fingers and toes.
10. Once back in our room with our new born baby I will not weep uncontrollably like a big girl.
Wish me luck.
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