Congratulations! You’re about to be a new dad—and you’re swirling through intense emotions ranging from mind-boggling joy to anxiety to insane fear. That, and wondering what sort of role you’ll be playing as your wife labors and delivers your new baby.
Here’s your answer: You’ll be the chief of your partner’s support system before, during, and after birth. “My hubby did awesome for me yesterday. Back rubs and telling me ‘you are a natural at this’,” shared one of our moms, @SpitupnSuburbs on Twitter.
Docs agree. When it comes to labor advice for new dads, “the best thing you can do is be there the whole time, offering support and motivation before and after she’s giving birth,” says David Ghozland, M.D., an OB/GYN in Santa Monica, California. “Get familiar from the beginning—go to prenatal classes and write a birth plan together so you’re both on the same page.”
Being involved during the pregnancy is a big help and your partner will be extra grateful when you carry that encouragement into the delivery room. Click through for more advice for labor advice for new dads.