Childbirth: What dad needs to know
Getting organized before the birth
- As the end of the pregnancy draws near, remember to have a plan in place at work if necessary so that you can go to your partner as soon as she calls.
- Think about how you are going to get to the maternity hospital beforehand. If you don't live too far away, you can walk there: walking can often help labor get under way. Otherwise, car is the easiest solution. But make sure you have worked out where to park beforehand. If you don't have a car, you can also take a taxi.
- When the day comes, stay at home with her during the early stages of labor. And trust her to decide when you should both go to the maternity hospital. But as a general idea, women are usually advised to wait until the contractions have been coming regularly every 10 minutes before leaving for the hospital.
- When you go to the maternity hospital, remember to take your partner's luggage – as well as future baby’s luggage.