Pregnant Woman Bans Husband from Delivery Room for Playing on Phone

Gillian Sisley

How attentive should a person be while their partner is giving birth?

As if pregnancy weren't difficult enough, anyone who has given birth before will tell you that the delivery of a baby is a very painful and emotional experience.

For most people who are delivering a child, they are permitted to have a support person or two present while they give birth. More often than not, it is the partner who is there, meant to offer emotional support to the person delivering the child. But what is one to do when their partner is not being supportive at all, but rather being a total nuisance?

This sort of situation was highlighted in a recent online post in which a woman kicks her husband out of the delivery room after he spends the 26 hours of labor playing games on his phone and having loud phone conversations with his friends.

How attentive should a person be while their partner is giving birth?

A Reddit post published on August 17th, reported on by Ashley Gale from Newsweek, has gone viral with an impressive 16,100 upvotes and 1,800 comments.

The author begins her post by explaining that she just went through 26 hours of labor with no epidural in order to give birth to her first child. Her husband was also present in the room, but rather than being a supportive or comforting presence, he was the exact opposite.

She explains that her husband spent the entire 26 hours either playing games on his phone or talking to his friends loudly about the 'boys trip' they were on that he was meant to go to, but he wasn’t there because the author asked him to ‘hang back to help her’ while she went through labor.

When the author, who was in active labor at the time, would ask her husband to hang up the phone, he would say sorry to his friends and complain to them that his wife was 'being a nag'. She ultimately told him that if he wanted to talk to his friends, he would have to leave the room so that she could 'be in pain in peace' without having to listen to him.

Delivering a child is a psychologically and physically taxing process.

The husband did ultimately put his phone away, but not 20 minutes later his mother video called him, and he answered the call. He then shoved his phone in his wife's face and it took everything in her to not yell at her husband and mother-in-law.

A nurse then entered the room and noticed that the author was upset, and asked if everything was okay. That was when the author said that she ‘just wanted to be alone’, which resulted in the nurse kicking the husband out of the room. The man ended up missing the birth of his daughter, and was furious about it.

Later that day, he refused to come to see his newborn daughter because he was so angry at his wife for kicking him out. Even worse, the mother-in-law visited the author in the hospital and spent the entire time telling her she was ‘a bad wife’ for kicking her husband out of the delivery room.

What do you think? Was the author entirely justified to kick her husband out of the delivery room after his obnoxious behavior? Or should she have been more empathetic to her husband's desire to see his daughter's birth, and shouldn't have kicked him out?

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