Childrearing

25 Powerful Photos of Dads in the Delivery Room

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When there’s nothing to do, just be there.

Just knowing her partner was there was probably so comforting for this mom. Labor and delivery is hard, and there’s so much going on. It can be incredibly overwhelming, and yes, even scary at times. Her body is doing some pretty heavy stuff, and her mind is trying to make sense of it all. A lot of women don’t want a lot of talking or verbal coaching, as it can be distracting during the breathing process. So what’s a dad to do? Exactly what this dad is doing. Just be there, near her, with a hand on her back or neck or arm. Oftentimes, that’s all the reassurance she needs to be able to get through those really hard parts.

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