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Should the Dad Attend the Birth of His Baby?

 by: Tony Luck

Not so long ago a dad-to-be would pace up and down outside the labor room and would be admitted only after the birth. Modern practice is to assume the dad-to-be should be at the birth to offer support. But an increasing number of dads, moms and midwives would prefer he stayed outside.

Some of the reasons given are:

• Some moms feel the loss of dignity and 'not feeling attractive' is sufficient reason to banish their partners to the corridor.

• Some dads think the sight of baby being born will put them off sex with their partner in the future. Others can't bear to see their partner in pain.

Researchers at the University of Toronto suggest that women have a happier childbirth if they are supported by a trained woman rather than a stressed father-to-be. This woman could be your mother, a friend who's had a baby of her own or a doula (a professional female birth partner); her presence can have a calming effect on the mom-to-be.   (continued...)

Should the Dad Attend the Birth of His Baby?
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About The Author

Tony Luck runs a website with many articles and advice about having a baby, including conception, pregnancy, the birth and care of your baby. Visit the site at http://www.baby-talk.co.uk.