Father helping with his new baby.
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Involving Fathers in Pregnancy and Birth

One of the special things about being a midwife is getting to work with couples.  I love watching that special bond between a couple.  I may see it during prenatal visits when they are sitting across from me while telling a story.  It really shows up during the birthing process.  We love involving dads and helping them to understand the process.  In Kelli’s birth story, she talks about how involving her partner in the interview helped them to decide to hire me.  Involvement can include:

Dad listening to a baby. Dad listening to the baby’s heartbeat during a prenatal visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dad providing emotional support.

Providing emotional support during labor.

 

 

 

 

Dad helps deliver his baby.

Helping catch his baby.

 

 

 

 

Checking that baby is breathing after birth.Dad listening to his baby's heartbeat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fathering weighing the baby.Weighing the new baby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Moments:

Besides loving the involvement, there are so many special moments that we get to observe.

Dad overwhelmed with excitement.

This dad is overwhelmed with excitement when his wife tells him that she is in labor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This dad tears up at the joy of his new baby.

This dad is so happy at the birth of his new baby that he tears up.

 

 

 

 

It is so special to see the love that a new dad shows as he gets to know his new baby.

Dad bonding with his new baby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you a dad wanting to be more involved in the birth process?  Are you having a baby and don’t like that your partner is pushed aside during this important process in your lives?  Contact me for more information about Homebirth.

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Mercy Eizenga LM, CPM

Mercy Eizenga LM, CPM is the head midwife and owner of Comforts of Home Midwifery. Mercy was first exposed to homebirth when she witnessed the birth of her little brother at the age of 7. Her interest in natural childbirth grew with the birth of her first child and then attending Bradley Natural Childbirth classes with a friend a year and a half later. Attending her first birth as a doula verified that she was called to be a midwife. Mercy attended the Association of Texas Midwives Training Program and completed an apprenticeship with what is now the Corpus Christi Birth Center. She holds a Texas state license, is listed with the state of Oklahoma, and holds her Certified Professional Midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives.

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