First minutes after baby is born The moment your baby is born can be both magical and stressful. What happens straight after birth will depend on your labour, how your baby is born, and how quickly your baby adapts to life outside the womb. Uncomplicated vaginal birth Most babies breathe and cry within a few seconds of being born.
Bonding in the first hour: for new dads In the first hour after birth, your baby will feel very comforted by some skin-to-skin contact with your partner. But if your partner can't have skin-to-skin contact, you can do this with your baby. When awake, your baby will also want to be held and have brief periods of eye contact with you.
Being a dad: getting ready Becoming a father can give you a huge sense of meaning and purpose. As a dad, you're going to have a huge impact on your child's life - right from birth. You can get more out of being a new father in the first few months by preparing for becoming a dad during pregnancy. For example, you can discuss your options for pregnancy care, go with your partner to pregnancy appointments, and gather information about pregnancy and birth.
The work and family juggle After your baby arrives, it can be hard to juggle making a living, enjoying your relationship and getting some time for yourself. Tim's story (father of two) 'You could spend the first five years of your child's life working really hard to make more money, or you could spend more time getting to know your child.
Getting involved as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dad Ron Briggs helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men before and after the birth of their babies. He runs a program called 'I'm an Aboriginal Dad'. Ron's father is a Yorta Yorta man and his mother is Gunditjmara. 'My role is basically to encourage fathers to support their partners a bit more and to help their partner before birth, during birth and after birth.
Why you might feel stress in pregnancy Men who are expecting a baby can find that things like money worries, relationships and work demands cause them a lot of stress. Becoming a dad involves lots of change - often all at once. You might be concerned about becoming the family provider - or you might feel you're not ready to care for a newborn.
You're having a baby: mixed reactions in early pregnancy For some men, the news that you're going to be a dad can bring about a mix of feelings - some positive, some not so positive. You could feel panic, anxiety, shock or numbness at first. It isn't wrong to feel this way - there might be reasons for these reactions, or you might just need time to adjust.
What to expect from birth classes Birth classes give detailed information about labour, birth, pain relief choices and ways to support your partner during birth. Many classes include information about parenting in the first few months, settling your baby and breastfeeding. Even if you've done research online or talked to other expectant dads, at birth classes you can ask questions, clear up conflicting advice, and get specific information about the place where your baby will be born.
Building a strong relationship in mid-pregnancy Even when your relationship is strong, mid-pregnancy is a good time to put extra effort into communicating openly, working out your roles and sharing expectations. This can be everything from deciding on paid work arrangements to talking about who cooks dinner.
Teenage pregnancy: your feelings as a parent People feel many things when they hear their teenage child is going to become a parent. You might feel shock, anger, disappointment and concern about your child's future. There could be regret that you didn't do enough to stop the pregnancy from happening.
Antenatal appointments: why they're important Antenatal appointments are appointments you have during pregnancy. Going to your antenatal appointments right from the start means that your doctor or midwife can check how you and your baby are going . Your doctor or midwife can follow your baby's growth and monitor you both for any health problems or risks that might develop, including risks to your physical and emotional health.
Weight and pregnancy: why it's important Healthy eating, controlled weight gain and regular physical activity during pregnancy can keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy and birth and after birth too. In fact, staying healthy in pregnancy is good for your child's health much later in life. For example, it cuts the risk of your child having diabetes, obesity and heart disease during childhood and even adulthood.
All about nesting in pregnancy As the baby's due date approaches, you might notice your partner starting to 'nest' by cleaning and organising things around your home. And if you've found yourself spending the best part of your weekends looking for a pram or cleaning out the pantry, you're not alone. Nesting isn't a 'trend' or something that pregnant women make up.
Smoking during and after pregnancy One of the best things you and your partner can do is keep your baby's environment smoke free - both now and after the birth. If you, your pregnant partner or other people in your home smoke, it can cause serious harm to your unborn baby or child. For example, smoking during pregnancy leads to an increased risk of babies being stillborn, having birth defects or having serious breathing problems or asthma.
About tests in pregnancy During your pregnancy, your midwife or doctor might recommend that you have some tests to check your health and your baby's health and development. These could be ultrasound, blood, urine and swab tests. The results of these tests help you and your health professional plan your options for pregnancy care and birth.
Stillbirth: losing a child at birth If you've recently lost a child at birth, you might be still feeling raw, numb, disbelieving - or many other things that are hard to put into words. Even if it's been a while since your child's death, it might still feel like yesterday. Matthew* shares the story of his daughter's death.
What the 20-week scan is for The 20-week scan can actually happen anywhere between 18 and 20 weeks. It shows what's going on for your baby about halfway through the pregnancy. This scan is sometimes called a morphology scan. This detailed ultrasound: looks at your baby's body parts including internal organs checks the location of the placenta picks up any obvious problems in your baby's development or growth, like spina bifida, heart defects and limb defects.
Safe exercise in pregnancy After checking with their midwife, GP or obstetrician , healthy women who have uncomplicated pregnancies can: keep doing their regular, moderate exercise during pregnancy start a light to moderate exercise program during pregnancy. Why being physically active is good in pregnancy Being active during pregnancy has many benefits for mum and baby.
About your newborn's first week of life Your newborn spends his first week of life adapting to his new environment. The outside world is very different from the womb, where it's dim, the temperature is constant, and noise is muffled. You can help your baby get used to the outside world by giving her warmth, love, security, attention - and lots of cuddles and smiles.
The second trimester of pregnancy For many couples, things settle down in the second trimester. There's much less risk of losing the pregnancy in these middle months. Morning sickness usually settles by about 14-16 weeks. Your partner's mood and energy are likely to lift, and body and hormone changes might mean changes in her desire for sex.
What you might be going through in the second trimester It's pretty common to feel pregnancy is happening at a distance. In fact, it might not even feel real yet. Seeing the baby for the first time at the 12-week ultrasound scan is a moment when some men feel like it's really happening. But this isn't always the case.