The Doctors: Dads In Delivery Room?
The Doctors started the show by talking about whether dads should be in the delivery room when their babies are born. They showed a clip courtesy of Buzzfeed Motion Pictures that explained that they “asked men to watch videos of the miracle of life.” The Doctors explained that more and more men are choosing to not be in the delivery room, fearing they may be scarred for life. The video showed men watching a birth and gasping, groaning, and looking disgusted. Some men think they’re romantic lives will never be the same, but as The Doctors said, if you choose not to be in the room, there’s a good chance your partner won’t want to be intimate with you later on anyway.
Dr. Jim Sears, a pediatrician, said that men need to step up because it’s their child being born. Dr. Jennifer Ashton said, “If they started the situation, they need to be there to finish it. I mean, come on.”
Dr. Courtney Campbell, a veterinarian, said that women want their partners to be their cheerleader, and to be there to witness the birth. Dr. Ashton explained that in this country we tend to have most babies in a hospital setting, but that’s not always the case in other parts of the world. Dr. Ashton said it’s perfectly acceptable for women to have their “support system of choice” which isn’t always the father. She said she’s delivered over 1,500 babies, and sometimes a dad in the delivery room can be a distraction because the biggest, most “macho” guys, “tend to be the ones to hit the deck.”
The Drs TV: Should Dads Witness Childbirth?
Dr. Drew Ordon argued that men don’t want to see their wives screaming and in pain. Dr. Sears said a lot of women want a coach right there by their side. He also said that he caught both of his kids when they were born. Dr. Travis Stork said that as another man, he wouldn’t want to do that because it would change his perception. Dr. Campbell said having the dad there can add anxiety sometimes, and less stress is important.
The Doctors asked their viewers on Facebook what they thought about the issue and one viewer named Jessica wrote “Personally, I found him more annoying than anything, but I still liked him there, so I could squeeze his hand knowing he had some pain in some way too.” Another viewer named James wrote “Any man who says it was a beautiful experience is lying. It’s today’s world and we men are supposed to say that. Reality is, we would rather have our fingernails removed with pliers.”
Dr. Ashton said “that’s because women are the stronger” gender.