Dads: 10 ways to avoid being the worst birth partner ― ever!

Husbands, make sure you don’t utter these boo-boos to your labouring wife in the delivery suite.

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It’s all systems go in the delivery suite. Your wife’s getting contractions at regular intervals, while the doctors and nurses are making sure things progress smoothly.

In the midst of all this bustle, you are trying your best to be a supportive spouse. Yet, many first-time dads have no idea just how long and tiring the labour process can be. As the hours go by, chances are, you might end up saying more than you should, or worse, saying stuff you really shouldn’t. 

It’s great you want to be to welcome your baby into the world with your wife, but make sure first to check out our list of things that are best left unsaid in the labour ward, even if you have the best intentions!

No woman wants to be reminded that her hair is unkempt or she has prominent eye bags when she has way more important business to worry about

#1 I just need to take this call.

She: No, you don’t!
Truth of the matter: Nothing in the office is more important than your wife huffing and puffing with all her might to deliver your offspring. Your clients and business deals can wait. Heck, your boss can wait, too.

#2 How long will this take?

She: Does it look like I’m taking my time?
Truth of the matter: Husbands, your wife is not deliberately keeping the baby in. So, it’s best that you refrain from checking the clock or plan any snooker sessions with your buds later. Oh, you’ll be wise to cancel all your appointments until the following week.  

#3 You look exhausted!

She: I am entitled to look this way!
Truth of the matter: It’s a well-intentioned comment, but seriously, after hours of contractions, can anyone look like she’s ready to party? No woman wants to be reminded that her hair is unkempt or she has prominent eye bags when she has way more important business to worry about

#4 I’m exhausted/hungry

She: How do you think I feel?
Truth of the matter: One husband I know told his wife that he was both hungry and exhausted and requested to go to the hospital cafeteria for a break. Meanwhile, she’s crunched on nothing but ice cubes for the past few hours. Don’t be surprised if your wife tells you not to bother coming back to the delivery suite after you’ve satisfying your hunger pangs.