8 Reasons Husbands Should Be Banned From the Delivery Room​

husband in hospitalWhen it's time to sit down and make a birth plan, most moms-to-be don't even question whether or not their partner will be in the delivery room when it's time for junior's arrival.

I mean ... duh! Of course he's gonna be there. Why wouldn't he?!? He's the kid's father and needs to be there to hold your hand and support you. He should also have the pleasure of witnessing the miracle of birth, right?

Wrong. Maybe.

Yes, it's wonderful to have him there and all -- but there's also a decent chance things could backfire if he's present. And that's why it's not the worst idea in the world to consider having him wait right outside the door until the final push is over.

I'm being serious. For reals.

Here are eight legit reasons to kick your husband out of the delivery room.

  1. He might faint -- Ain't no shame in it. Some dudes just can't stand the sight of blood, let alone all the moaning and screaming. Labor is stressful enough without your husband dropping over and cracking his head open.
  2. He might annoy the shit out of you -- And possibly literally. Granted, you might love having him there to try and calm you down, but then again, his words of encouragement might drive you bananas when you're in the midst of full contractions.
  3. Seeing you give birth could ruin your sex life forever -- Yes. It can. Some guys are perfectly fine and are still all over their wives after watching them push out a baby. But then there are those who can never look at her vag quite the same ever again. It happens more often than you think.
  4. You might poop on the table -- And he might not think it's very cute. Plus, then you can't give him shit for using the downstairs bathroom to do his business anymore.
  5. You might break his hand -- Seriously. You just wait until the pushing phase and see how hard you squeeze him.
  6. He might eat in front of you -- This is the worst. There's nothing worse than being forbidden to eat while watching your beloved chomp down on a foot-long sub because he "hasn't eaten in two hours."
  7. You might knock him out -- Yes, you just might clock him if he gets too close and starts trying to give you a little pep talk. In your defense, you can't control your reflexes when it feels like there's an alien coming out of your body.
  8. He might take your picture -- Do you really want a mid-labor pic being posted to Facebook? I didn't think so.

Is your husband planning on being in the delivery room?


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Kelly Croucher

My husband did do #5 but besides that I wouldn't have made it without him.... He was such an encouraging support.... I actually felt really close to him for those 31 hours I was in labor... Kept telling him I loved him lol

nonmember avatar Tracy

This was stupid... :/

nonmember avatar Heather

My husband was going to do number 6, till I made him eat out in the parking garage. my bil gave me the pic. He hadn't had a fatcat in forever!!!

aidanmom aidanmom

With my first my boyfriend was annoying me and made the mistake of getting too close to me. lets just say he needed an ice packk below the belt. my second time delivering he slept through it


nonmember avatar Seriously

Seriously. Those reasons are so silly. I wanted no one there but my husband. As for ruining the sex life, you made the baby together. Tell him to get over it.

nonmember avatar Audrey

Those were absolutely stupid and self centered reasons. Its his baby too.

Rebec... Rebecca7708

I have to agree, this was really stupid. He might see you poop? Really?!

JessL... JessLogansMommy

Just because he's in the room doesn't mean he has to see anything!  All they have to do is stay up near your head and not look.  I could not have done it without my husband, who was there keeping me going while I was blacking out from pain.  He just kept his eyes on me and not what was going on down there. 

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