Callum Coker, 20

When we found out Laura was pregnant, we'd only just moved in together and I'd started a new job.

It was hard finding the balance between helping Laura and going to work.

The pregnancy was stressful, especially her mood swings - I enjoyed getting away from those!

At the delivery, it didn't feel as if it was happening. It was stressful but once the baby was born, it felt like winning the lottery. I couldn't believe it when I saw her - an actual person.

I've learned that I have to be more careful in life now. Before you go faster on the motorway, you stop and think: 'I can't be so reckless, I've got a baby to look after'.

You develop such a love for the child, you end up besotted with them.

When the baby comes, you forget all the stress, it's weird. You fall in love again as a couple and it makes you look at life differently.

Billy Colville, 26

"We were lucky with Grace's pregnancy. She didn't suffer and it was smooth except for some minor niggles.

Some women's hormones are all over the place, but we just lived our lives as if she wasn't pregnant.

We'd been planning to have a baby a long time but neither of us really thought about the labour and didn't know what to expect. There's a list as long as your arm of things to do and buy and nine months flies by. Suddenly, you're in the delivery room thinking, 'It's actually happening'.

In the hospital, I was really nervous and excited. The midwives made me feel that there were things I could do to help Grace stay calm, even though I'm very squeamish. Having their experience to hand really helped.

Grace's mother and the nurses patted me on the back and bigged me up during the labour and I was chuffed. I don't want to sound like a wally, but it meant a lot to know that I was actually helping!

I've really grown up since becoming a dad. I mean, I'm 26 and sometimes can barely look after myself! But in the delivery room, it was suddenly like, 'Hang on, this is happening, I have to step up'. There was a horrible three seconds when the baby was born but didn't cry. It felt like it was three hours. When Ralph finally cried, I cried. Becoming a dad was the best feeling in the world."

Don Tran, 24

"Even though the pregnancy was planned, I didn't believe Georgia was expecting, so I made her do a second test.

I'd seen the scan pictures, but it wasn't until I heard the heartbeat that I thought: 'There's something living in there'. But I felt calm.

It was difficult finding a balance between doing my own stuff, getting baby things ready and helping Georgia without being overbearing. It's not an illness and she's not dying, but she still needs help. I found that the more I learned, the calmer I got as I felt more in control.

I was given an empathy belly for the TV show, which taught me you can't sit on a train seat when pregnant as the table pushes against the bump. I wore it at night too and got back pain. I doubt I could go through it all myself.

At the delivery, when Georgia starting pushing I thought: 'I've learned all this stuff, let's make use of it'. It shows that the more a dad knows, the more he can do. I don't think a baby's changed me but I'll have to stop swearing so much now!"

Don't Just Stand There... I'm Having Your Baby starts Monday, 9pm, BBC Three

Meet the couples. 

Read more at the Mirror website.

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