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Can I be with my wife during labor?

Should I be present during my wife’s labor? What do I need to do to help her during this time?

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  1. Dr. Alan Lindemann

    Thanks Sid, good question. I wish more dads would ask. I have always encouraged dads to be present in labor because their presence is helpful in many ways for their wives. Mostly husbands are comforting to their wives. Dad’s presence also promotes bonding. I’ve always welcomed husbands to labor and delivery, whether delivery is vaginal or c-section. I have always welcomed and invited husbands to the prenatal course. All of these are ways to start bonding.

    Sometimes postpartum is surprising for moms and dads. Being present for your wife’s labor will help you “hit the ground running” when you go home. The three of you (mom. dad, baby) are in this together for the long haul, so make the best of it. I delivered quads 26 years ago. Dad said he changed 7000 diapers per month. Being present for labor and delivery is a great first step to being a take-charge dad. Kids do better with two parents. If you have more questions let me know. Congratulations!

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