The father's presence during childbirth is essential and it should not be missed for any reason. If you plan on being present in the delivery room, try to be easily locatable the days before the scheduled delivery date.
Plan for everything that the baby and mother will need (such as the layette), and be patient when the moment finally arrives; labor can last for many hours. You will have to wait stoically since you will have to provide essential support during the delivery. If you become a source of patience and serenity for your partner, you will be able to look back on this event as a happy experience.
Feeding a baby is a tender and emotional moment involving the mother; it can also include the father, directly or indirectly, but always in an active manner. The affection and effort with which it is done creates very important bonds between parents and their child.
Regardless of whether the baby will be fed breast milk or infant formula, show your support and assistance in every way possible.
- If the baby is breastfed:
- Support your partner in the nursing process since she may feel insecure in the beginning.
- Share your affection, presence and physical contact with the mother and baby.
- If the baby is fed infant formula, you can participate more actively by alternating bottle feedings with the mother. This will help her rest and recover faster.
In both cases, you should tend to your child: change his diapers and also bathe, dress and talk to him, etc. Take care of household chores and of other children you may have in order to help the mother recover and to allow her to care for the newborn.