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Should Dads Be Present At The Birth Of Their Babies?

16/05/2010 10:34 | Updated 22 May 2015

This week, cricketer Kevin Pietersen was in the news as he dashed back to the UK from a cricket tournament in the West Indies to be at the birth of his child. He only just arrived in time to be with his wife, former Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor, as she gave birth to their son.

These days, around 90. It used to be that it was more macho to be smoking a cigar in the waiting room - now it's seen as more manly to brave the potential gore of the delivery room.

But it's not for everyone. Chef Gordon Ramsay has spoken openly about choosing not to be at any of the births of his four children. And a top obstetrician has controversially claimed that having your partner there can add to the stress of delivery, and that men would be better staying out of the delivery room.

What do you think about this? They're there for the conception, so should dads automatically be there for the birth too?

I was invited by BBC Radio's Shourjo Sarkar to dicsuss this issue, and we talked about how special it is to be present at the birth of your child, and why this has become the norm.

What if you're one of the 10% of men who isn't at the birth? Are you missing out? There are probably plenty of women who'd rather not be there either, but we don't have a choice in the matter. Surely the least a man can do is be there to hold your hand?

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