Everything a First-Time Dad Needs to Know About the Delivery Room

Anna Lane

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Back in the Mad Men era, fathers weren't allowed in the delivery room while their wives were giving birth. Call it sexism or just plain ridiculous, but there's a reason dads were left to pace the waiting room and hand out cigars: The things that happen in labor and delivery can never be unseen.

The times have changed, but that still doesn't mean dads should go waltzing into the delivery room unprepared. Birth is a messy -- and magical -- experience, which is why we've put together a handy guide to help dads navigate the ins, outs, and placentas of labor and delivery.

Ready, fellas? Buckle up ... it's going to be a bumpy (but beautiful) ride.

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