Your partner

Role of dads or partners

One of your many roles as a dad or partner is to help your partner adjust to life as a new mother. This can be challenging with so much change and transition. Here are some things that may be helpful:

  • Building a solid bond and attachment with baby is important and will develop over time. Initial bonding is generally done through feedings, holding the baby and responding to his or her needs.
  • Self-care, such as regular eating and getting enough rest, is important for you. Take naps and practice good relaxation techniques.

It is normal to feel uncertain about your new role or left out, however this will change over time as you adjust to the baby and the changes within your family.

Reaching out to other dads or partners can provide good support. Check with your childbirth class or attend a "father/baby class" to meet other dads.

This section covers topics relevant to your relationship with your partner during and after pregnancy:

  • communicating with your partner
  • what your partner might need from you during pregnancy
  • sexuality during pregnancy
  • your partner's emotions

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/02/2015

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