West Coast selectors are on baby watch as they prepare for Ben Cousins' homecoming clash when Richmond take on the Eagles at Subiaco Oval on Friday night.
The partners of Andrew Embley and David Wirrpanda are in the final stages of pregnancy, leaving both players with the possibility of having to miss the Tigers match and the first on-field reunion with their former captain on home turf in Perth, if he recovers from a heavy knock suffered against Hawthorn on Saturday night.
Embley's wife Rayne is due to give birth to their first child on Tuesday week, and Wirrpanda's partner Shannon McGuire is expecting their big day to be two days later. But both said they would need a contingency plan should the babies come early.
Further complicating the issue is that Rayne's father is former North Melbourne defender Kevin Bryant, who is West Coast's player match-up coordinator on game day. He said he would be with his daughter if she was taken into hospital.
Eagles captain Darren Glass and his wife Alicia are also expecting their first child in coming weeks.
Wirrpanda was steadfast that he would miss Friday's match if Shannon went into labour, but Embley was hanging on to the hope that the dates would not clash.
The 2006 Norm Smith medallist said the prospect of becoming a father had given him a new perspective on life.
"It's a tough one, it really is a tough one, and if it happened Friday I'd be in a bit of a predicament," Embley said.
"Hopefully I don't have to make that decision and I'll come to that bridge when I get there. We'll just play it by ear and I'll go through my week as normal and if it comes later in the week, then I'm going to have to think about some things.
"I'm really excited. I've been playing footy for a long time, but I guess when you're starting a family you realise that there's probably more to life than sport and I'm looking forward to a new chapter."
West Coast coach John Worsfold made the startling admission after the Adelaide beating that he had been forced to re-emphasise the team's game plan with his players at half-time, as they had blatantly disobeyed instructions in the first two quarters.
Worsfold said the result had given his team a harsh dose of reality in how much improvement they still needed.
"You can't really take a step back," Worsfold said. "You can be disappointed with what they dished up today, but they learn more and learn where they're at.
"So they haven't gone backwards, but they might all of a sudden realise that they're not as forward as they thought they were."
Embley said the loss dented West Coast's momentum after three consecutive wins, but he believed the exciting and well-drilled brand of their opponents' football provided some crucial lessons.
He explained the Eagles' lack-lustre attack on the Crows' zone by claiming they had set a bad early standard by not switching the ball quickly across the ground. Apart from suffering a loss of pride, West Coast had only one injury concern - mild concussion for Ryan Davis after a heavy third-quarter knock.