by Jen Milligan
I do need to repent of my midwifery sins of long ago. Taking a photo of a dad when he had fainted during his wife’s labour before running to his aid probably wasn’t my finest hour of compassion. His wife found it highly entertaining though! Once that epidural is in, the cheeky personality of mum (and midwife) can really come out!
I actually do have a real desire to help dads feel valued and useful during labour, as their role really is pivotal in the birthing experience.
Often dad can feel apprehensive about what is lying ahead as he prepares for the birth of his baby. Most dads are wanting to support their partner, but are not sure of the best way to go about it. So many dads comment on the fact that they “felt useless”, “powerless to take the pain away”, or “didn’t have a role” during labour.
Here are my 9 top tips for dads during labour:
Jen is a midwife with almost 20 years experience in a Sydney birthing unit. She now lives & works on the Central Coast, supporting new mothers as they transition into motherhood.
Ingrid is a birth & postpartum doula, living and working on the beautiful NSW Central Coast.