I do not want to cut the um­bil­i­cal cord.

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My wife wants me to be present at the birth, but the closer the due date gets the more ner­vous I be­come. What if I dis­ap­point her? Will I re­ally be able to help her? The thought of blood freaks me out and I re­ally do not want to cut the um­bil­i­cal cord. How do I tell my wife? She is so ex­cited that we will ex­pe­ri­ence this life-chang­ing mo­ment to­gether.

Be ex­cited with her! One of the most mem­o­rable mo­ments in a man’s life is when he sees his lit­tle one and holds him in his arms for the first time.

Be hon­est with her about your fears and pref­er­ences. You are a part of the birthing team, after all.

It is im­por­tant that you and your wife at­tend an­te­na­tal classes be­fore the baby is born. Here you can dis­cuss the birth with a mid­wife. Talk about how you can sup­port your wife while over­com­ing your fears. You will be given a few tech­niques to help make the birthing process less painful.

In­form the mid­wife or the doc­tor about your fears. They will make it eas­ier for you by point­ing out a spot where you can stand next to your wife. In this way you do not nec­es­sar­ily have to wit­ness the en­tire birth. You will still be right next to her to of­fer com­fort and moral sup­port.

The bond­ing you and your wife will ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing this spe­cial time is price­less. It also gives you the op­por­tu­nity to be a part of the mir­a­cle of giv­ing life.

If you do not want to cut the um­bil­i­cal cord, in­form the doc­tor or mid­wife in ad­vance and dis­cuss it with your wife. Choos­ing not to do it will not make you any less a part of the birth. You may be­come so over­whelmed with ex­cite­ment that you do it on the spur of the mo­ment any­way!

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