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How a Doula Can Help Support Partners and Families

The arrival of a baby, this new little person, has effects that reach through families, friendships, and communities. A doula can help the entire family by honoring the presence of this new life in the context of all these relationships. No matter who is invited to attend the birth,...

What is Really Going On Here?

Dear Mr. Dad: Please settle an argument. My wife—who’s five months pregnant—says that our baby’s senses are developing throughout the pregnancy. I think she’s crazy. How can an unborn baby develop a sense of touch or taste or anything else? A: This round goes to your wife. Your baby will...

Preterm Labor: What Dad Can Do

Preterm Labor: What Dad Can Do Preterm labor is labor that occurs before the 37th completed week of pregnancy. (Most pregnancies last 38-42 weeks; your partner's due date is 40 weeks after the first day of her last menstrual period.) Preterm labor can happen to any woman: In nearly...

Who Carried You, Anyway?

By Contemplations of an Army Wife, DivineCaroline Dada. Yeah. You heard me. That was my son's first word. The big one. The one that everyone asks about, and the one that's inevitably followed by the "awwww" sound when you answer. Dada. I'm capitalizing it because he most certainly knows that it means something. These aren't...

Father's Day Tips

Jump in! Don’t worry about making a few mistakes. Being a good dad-just like being a good mom-comes with practice. If you really need some help, ask for it, but trust your instincts. Chances are you’ll do exactly the right thing.   Don’t waste a second. The sooner you...

New Dads & Husband-coached Childbirth

The Experience Aint Like Baseball We men build confidence as we pack on relatable experiences and go from one step to the next in our male worlds of fun and challenge. Hunting, running, leaping, telling jokes, telling lies, doing the male thing. Pushing each other around, learning to tackle...

Pregnancy Workouts-Daddy Style

If the mother of your child is already in good shape and her doctor approves, there's no reason she can't keep up her regular exercise regiment. If she wasn't a regular exerciser, this isn't the time to take up rock climbing or start training for a marathon. At the same...

Dealing With Your Partners Morning Sickness

About half of all pregnant women experience morning sickness. Despite the name, the nausea, heartburn, and vomiting can strike at any hour of the day. No one's quite sure what causes morning sickness. Some suggest that it's a reaction to the pregnant woman's changing hormone levels. Others, such as researcher...

Dads Have Physical Symptoms Too

Given that you're not actually pregnant, most of the "symptoms" you'll go through while your wife is expecting will be psychological. But as you may have found out, there are some occasional physical symptoms too. Somewhere between 25 and 90 percent of dads-to-be in this country experience couvade syndrome (from...

When Dads are Excluded from the OB

For some expectant dads, the joy, excitement and anticipation they experience as the pregnancy progresses can be outweighed by the bitterness they feel at the way they're treated by their partner's doctors. Sadly, most men who go to their partner's OB appointments feel just like you do: as though they're...