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Should dads be present in the birthing room?


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Initial post: Oct 1, 2011 10:04:23 PM PDT
Phil Dye says:
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Posted on Oct 1, 2011 10:28:20 PM PDT
Phil Dye says:
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My research for the new ebook indicated that some men feel so useless in the birthing room they'll suggest inappropriate things to somehow feel empowered and contribute. Suggesting pethedine or an epidural JUST to contribute something was quite common. Any others found this?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2011 1:11:53 PM PDT
Not particularly. Obviously you've never been a labor coach or health advocate for someone who was in the hospital. Suggesting ways to control the pain isn't a male trait. Even if they aren't helpful. Sorry.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 7:27:26 PM PDT
M Kaafarani says:
If your question isn`t a joke then it means a lot to a woman when her partner is there with her (even if she herself says no at first) My husband was a great help no doubt! We didn`t go to any classes which isn`t necessary really unless it`s by your midwife who is going to deliver. All I needed is a Bradley method of birth book Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way: Revised Edition . His presence, readiness to help(like hold my hand, walk with me around, massage my back during contractions), keeping it together emotionally was all I needed. Delivery was short and easy (if you can say so about that kinda stuff) and natural, compare to my first one, which was a 20 hour disaster brrrr.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2011 7:31:54 PM PDT
Phil Dye says:
The New Father Lode
Oh dear. No, the question wasn't a joke. Some men I interviewed said they really didn't want to be there but did so because it was expected of them and culturally normal. I was interested to know what women thought.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2011 7:34:31 PM PDT
Phil Dye says:
The New Father Lode
Oh Dear. I'm afraid I have been a health advocate, yet for men. Have never been a labour coach, yet have interviewed hundreds of men on their experience. The words come from them, not me.
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