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RCM fathers' pregnancy guide unveiled


I strongly agree that fathers need to be more involved. During my 10 yrs as a midwife I have met only a handful of fathers willing to attend any classes except the last antenatal class where they have a laugh simulating labour. Many men pass out at birth, and many do not understand labour. I have been physically dragged away from a woman because the father said I was pushing the baby back inside. I had to have the man removed from the room and he subsequently missed the delivery. I had no choice due to the threat to myself and the mum and baby. I have also met many men who when their partner deviates from their plan and begs for analgesia they try to forbid us to medicate. Men are there at conception and must take responsibility to educate themselves and provide support to their partners, who knows in these tragic days of short staff he may be the babys only living parent as has already happened in several trusts.

Posted date

20 November, 2011

Posted time

6:23 pm