There is a spectrum of thought on the topic of what a father’s role should be at birth, or if he should even be there at all. Throughout history, most cultures have either strictly forbidden men from being around women in labor, or at least have greatly discouraged it. Traditionally, birth attendants have been other females; although sometimes the woman’s husband was allowed to be at the birth.
Here are a collection of links that delve a little more deeply into the subject. Food for thought:
- Fathers at Birth — a book
- Men in the Labour Room. Do they want to be there? — a post on a New Zealand Midwifery blog
- More about Fathers at Birth — a post on Citizens for Midwifery, written by Molly of TalkBirth
- Men at Birth — a post on the Independent Childbirth Educators blog