You have accompanied your partner to antenatal classes and learned all about breathing through the contractions? And it is absolutely clear that you will be present at the birth of your child? Today, most fathers-to-be believe that they should be at their partner’s side and experience the arrival of the baby at first hand. Or it is expected of them.
Please be completely honest with yourself: Do you really want to be there? And does your partner want this? Speak openly with each other. After all, a birth can be a dramatic experience. Episiotomy or perineal tears, vacuum-assisted delivery or caesarean section ‒ will you be able to keep your nerve? How well can you bear the groans and perhaps even screams of your partner?
If you decide to be present at the birth of your child, you have a unique and unforgettable experience ahead of you. The birth of a child is the most normal thing in the world – yet the birth of your own is absolutely unique and extraordinary! Holding your small son or daughter in your arms shortly after delivery, breathing in the scent of the newborn baby and knowing that this little human being will be the most important thing in the world generates a deep bond in a matter of seconds.