It hasn’t always been expected for partner’s to attend the birth of their child – nor have they always been welcome. Many women think their partner’s would be more of a hindrance than help.
For me I would not want anyone other than my partner. It is something I wanted to share with him and only him and he was completely insistent on being there. He would of hated to miss the birth of his first child. Besides if he told me he didn’t want to be there I would be pretty peed off!
Okay so he didn’t do much but him just being there for emotional support and reassurance was enough. I was very clear to James what I expected of him (mainly rubbing my back and not taking anything to heart!) and if I’m completely honest I wasn’t really there myself, I’m sure you could probably relate to this! There isn’t really a lot a male can do other then offer support and reassurance – unfortunately no matter how much we would like them to, they cannot take away the pain!
Obviously if it is a mutual decision that you have both agreed on then fair enough or if there are reasons behind them not being there then I understand but I personally feel a partner should be there to experience something that is so breathtakingly amazing!
What do you think? Who were/would you like to be your birthing partners?