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Thursday
Sep052013

New Dads - Labor and Delivery - Why Fathers DO Belong in the Birthing Room

One step forward, two steps back. That what it’s like to be an involved dad in 2013. Every time you think the world is changing for the better, someone, somewhere gets a bright idea that we should erase over 60 years of progress in parenting and go back to the 1950s (or just take a short trip back to the early 80s anyway). I'm talking about a growing trend that proposes to once again keep dads out of the delivery room and relegate them to the waiting room. Now I'm sure this might make Doulas happy (I mean who needs the dad around when you have a paid professional at your side), obstetrics nurses ("Sir, I know you want to see the baby but you're going to have to stop touching my ass and stand back") and, well, feminists? But would this really make moms happy? Don't dads actually bring something special to the delivery room that none of these other people do?

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