Sunday Funny Papers – Dad Don’ts

We talked about having the dads in the delivery room earlier and we talked about how helpful and supportive they can be. For those dads who may not know, there are a few things you need to not do when you are in the delivery room.

  • Do not eat in the delivery or labor room – your wife may tell you it’s okay, but she can’t eat and you need to remember that a mother-to-be’s sense of smell and hearing are heightened
  • When the doctor is checking how far the wife is dilated, don’t tell her to say ‘ahhh’ – in fact, be careful of all jokes directed at the wife during this event
  • There is often a television in the labor room – especially in modern hospitals – if you want to turn it on, find something your wife is interested in
  • For those of you with laptops and wireless connects – logging in to give your friends and family the blow by blow or quick snap shots of the wife in labor may not be the way to go
  • No jokes about the baby’s appearance – i.e. the worst one I ever read or heard was the dad who suggested they name the yellow jaundice baby Elton Jaundice (Ugh)
  • The delivery room is a tough place for dad to be – don’t make it tougher on both of you – catering to the wife’s whims and needs is the best way to go!

What are some of your best delivery room stories?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.