Listen dad! The best words of support during labour

Dads – congratulations! You’ve survived nine months and are still walking around with all your limbs and head in check. But now comes the big one. If you’re sitting waiting for hours while mum is in labour, actions will usually speak louder than words.

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Having done everything you can to provide for her during pregnancy, the next challenge will be to offer support during labour. So, rather than mutter the wrong things, here are a few tips on what is best to say on the big day.

"And for my next trick!"

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Once baby has been delivered safely, the tension subsides and you reflect together on the hours that have passed and the little life you now hold. An off-the-cuff comment with a bit of light humour should do the trick to lift mum out of exhaustion and defuse any stress. The comment may also underpin the support you have given and offer an opportunity to laugh at yourself.

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