Support from the partner can help a woman manage her stress during pregnancy
It’s not uncommon for Indian fathers-to-be to limit their role to that of a fund provider when a couple is expecting a baby. While the period of pregnancy is a time filled with hope and joy, new mothers also undergo anxiety and nervousness with regard to the health of the baby, their own health and biological complications and social and cultural stressors they face. Given these circumstances, it is important that the spouse - who is often closest to the woman - increase his participation in his partner’s life. The hesitation to participate fully during a pregnancy often comes from the lack of knowledge on how they can help, and from the misconception that birthing, babies and associated events are a woman’s business. Women with participative partners often have less psychological stress and better pregnancy and postnatal period. So what can a father-to-be do?