During delivery

Childbirth can be a rollercoaster ride of conflicting emotions for fathers—everything from stress, worry, fear, and helplessness to excitement and great joy. For many dads, the birth of a child is an unforgettable experience. Holding and talking to your baby for the first time makes fatherhood very real all of a sudden. This is also the moment when your couple becomes a family, or your family grows.

The father plays an important role during labour and delivery by accompanying and supporting his partner as she gives birth. There are different ways for him to provide support (see Having someone with you during childbirth). He can also act as the contact person, keeping family and friends informed.

The father needs to pay attention to his own needs and the emotions the birth can trigger.