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Should dad be present in the delivery room?

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A father’s presence in the delivery room has recently become the subject of debate. While many women want the father of their child present for labor and delivery, some prefer to give birth without dad in the room.

The New York Times recently addressed the issue last year in a blog post entitled, “Dad’s in the Delivery Room.” According to the post, a French obstetrician named Dr. Michael Odent told fathers to stay away from the delivery room. As the blog states, “they [fathers] are probably only making the mothers stressed, slowing their production of the hormone oxytocin, which results in a prolonged labor and an increased risk of Cesarean section.” Although the writer does not deem such argument as fact, she does bring a fresh concept to the debate.

If women knew that the mere presence of the baby’s father increased their chances of having a Cesarean section, would they still want him in the room? Most women would answer this question with a confident “yes,” but others may reconsider. It seems that the “Father’s in the delivery room” debate really comes down to personal opinions about a dad’s role in the pregnancy.

Whereas mothers who require a lot of paternal involvement during the prenatal process would want dads in the delivery room, moms who are disinterested in the father’s presence during pregnancy may not require his presence in the room.

What is your opinion? Should dads be present in the delivery room?

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  • African American father looking at newborn baby

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  1. I am at my calmest when my husband is by my side. He is really excited to be in the delivery room when I give birth in April. I would never deprive him of that experience.

  2. I would say yes women need all the support they can get! This is one of the most stressful time in ur life u need someone there that ur most comfortable with! Of course if u don’t really like each other than of course not but other than that I say absolutely!

  3. My husband was in the delivery room for the birth of both of our sons and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Both boys were born on their due date my second son was born only 4 hours after I arrived to the hospital. But with my first son I was admitted the day before due to low fluid. My husband spent the night in the room with me and slept in one of the most uncomfortable looking chairs I’ve ever seen. We laughed and talked and the nurses and I made fun of his loud snoring! When it came to the delivery he was there to hold my hand and cheer me on and of course cut the umbilical cords.

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