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My cousin's wife is in hospital and about to give birth. Should I be congratulating or wishing him the best or something?

Asked by TF1988 (11points) July 7th, 2009

They live overseas and I just heard that his wife’s been admitted in hospital. Thing is I’m all confused. If i call him I won’t know what to say because I’ve never really been in a situation like this before.

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EmpressPixie's avatar

When it is over and they have a healthy kid, congratulate them and wish them good luck on their journey of parenthood. But for now, since there is nothing you can do to help, you might want to let them concentrate on getting a healthy kid out of the whole experience.

Les's avatar

I second what @EmpressPixie said. I’ll only add that if you do talk to him now (before the child is born), you can tell him that you’ll be keeping them in your prayers (or thoughts, depending on your religiosity) and that you’re so happy for them.

cak's avatar

I think it’s great that you care enough to find out what to say!

EP said it the best, she usually does! :)

edited to add: @Les did great work, too. :)

Darwin's avatar

What @EmpressPixie said. Send a card of congratulations once you know the results.

cak's avatar

@TF1988 – By the way, Welcome to Fluther!!

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I’m sure their mind is on other matters right now – don’t worry, send a gift later

TF1988's avatar

Thank you!! @EmpressPixie, @Les, @cak and @Darwin.
@Simone_De_Beauvoir, great idea I’ll send a gift too.

TF1988's avatar

@cak Thanks for the welcome. You all really are a great help.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

There’s no script for this sort of thing. Just give them your support.

janbb's avatar

Just agreeing with what everyone says – wait until the baby is born and then send a card, e-mail and/or gift. Unless you are very close with them, I wouldn’t call right away since they are probably very busy and overwhelmed. I am in a similar situation since my grandson was born in Paris 5 weeks ago and I know it is hard for them to get to the phone at times.

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