Birth Day: What's your role as a new dad? - Today fathers may be actively
involved in every step of pregnancy and birth, from the home pregnancy
test to the cutting of the umbilical cord.
Hey, Dad: Forming family bonds - No doubt you've heard about new parents
"bonding" with their baby. But exactly what does that mean?
Hey, Dad: It's called the baby blues - Nearly every new mom has moments
of sadness, and some women experience these emotions more frequently and
stronger than others. Postpartum sadness is an absolutely natural part of birth.
Hey, Dad: Mixed feelings about the pregnancy? You're not alone. - Less
than a year from now you will be the father of a brand-new baby. You may
have a range of emotional responses: thrilled, angry, protective, petrified,
Hey, Dad: On the road again…with baby - When it comes to long car
rides with baby, we have a few simple words of advice: Be prepared, and
stay flexible. Oh, and one more thing: Baby rules.
Hey, Dad: Picturing yourself as a father - "What kind of father will
I be?" It's a question every expectant father asks himself. In
fact, a better question might be, "What kind of father do I want
Hey, Dad: Sex: Will she still want it? Will I? - Did you know that some
women's sexual desire really increases during pregnancy? It's true.
Hey, Dad: Take part in the pregnancy - Sometimes she seems to be in a world
of her own, chatting about the pregnancy with her friends, enjoying the
anticipation (and sometimes moaning with morning sickness). So where do
you fit in?
Hey, Dad: Taking care of business before the big day - For many men, the
whole pregnancy and birth thing doesn't get real until they're
looking in their new baby's eyes.
Hey, Dad: Updating the traditional birth announcement - How do you notify
all your friends and family that the blessed event has finally occurred?
Hey, Dad: Yes, you can help breastfeed - No, we're not talking about
a scientific breakthrough here. Breastfeeding is still something Mom,
and Mom alone, can do with baby.
Prenatal visits and childbirth classes: Not just for Mom - Why take time
out of your busy schedule to accompany your partner to her prenatal visits
with the doctor or midwife? Three good reasons ...
Preparation smoothes the way for siblings - To make the transition as smooth
as possible for the whole family, carefully prepare your older child or
children for the new baby's birth.
Sharing your pregnancy with your partner - From dinnertime to prenatal
visits, couples have many opportunities to share the changes, choices,
and sense of anticipation that come with pregnancy.
Sibling Preparation Classes - Sibling preparation classes and tours for
children ages three and up are available at many hospitals and birthing centers.
Single? Don't go through birth alone - Pregnancy is a road very few
women choose to travel alone. Surrounding yourself with caring and loving
people who play an active role in your life can help provide an enriching
"family" experience for you and your child.
Tips to foster good grandparent relations - Because a grandparent can be
a truly special person to a child, it's important to foster that relationship
Why grandparents matter to your child - If you had a special relationship
with a grandparent, then you know how important this can be. If not, then
you may feel you missed out on something you'd like your own children to have.