Ah - the ubiquitous birthing ball, seen everywhere from gyms to birth educator's homes. We've had one (sometimes two) in our house for years. We used them initially for pregnancy and labor but now they're used either as toys or seats. They're useful before pregnancy, during and well after too! The … [Read more...] about What can you do with a birthing ball?
Labor and Delivery
We wanted to dig a little deeper into the words rock star and fatherhood in general. The name Rock Star Dads felt right (as explained here) but we had to spend some time ruminating on it. And the more we thought about it, we found symbolism that made sense - and this birthed our slogan. Be the … [Read more...] about Our slogan about fatherhood: Be the rock. Light the way.
If you're going to support your partner during childbirth, you need to know the stages of labor. The whole process of childbirth - aka labor and delivery - takes place in three stages. We do cover the stages of labor in greater depth in our forthcoming course, with a focus on what each stage tends … [Read more...] about The stages of labor: a partner’s guide
Note: this was written in 2011! Teams with championships with preparation, mindset & focus – a great lesson for fathers everywhere. It’s the day after Super Bowl XLV and congratulations to the Green Bay Packers on the win. They came prepared, with a mindset that let them play mistake-free … [Read more...] about What 3 things does a father to be need to prepare for childbirth?
Three things struck me after our first childbirth, when our son was born: Leaving home for the hospital is disruptive. Just when we really needed to hunker down, dim the lights and be together we had to leave. We drove, checked in, went to the room and settled in again. It’s like driving downfield … [Read more...] about What I learned from our first childbirth
We know partners' birth stories are hard to find! Here's the story of the birth of Arp's son - his first birth! I wish I had written this birth storys when I was supposed to, which is right after the birth when everything is fresh in memory. It didn’t happen – that first month of fatherhood … [Read more...] about Father birth stories: Arp’s first
Looking back on the first birth I was a bit apprehensive but watched birth videos anyway. I recall Trish being more interested in watching them. This changed for me for our second pregnancy – I was more interested in watching than before. I felt pretty knowledgeable by the third birth, but we did … [Read more...] about Watching birth videos – yes or no?
Knowledge is power! We need to collect the dad wisdom found in birth stories to help expectant fathers be the best birth partners they can be. And by we we mean all fathers, partners and fathers-to-be out there. Most women talk about birth; most guys don’t. We're hoping that changes, but for the … [Read more...] about Calling all dads – we need your birth stories!