Tiki Barber and rapper Nas both have something in common. Both of their wives did not want them in the delivery room during the birth of their children. During the birth of a child, women undergo some of the most excruciating pain that they ever experience in their lifetime. It is understandable that during this time she would need to be in a peaceful mind state without any distractions that might upset her. So, if for some reason or another, the father of the child and the mother are not getting along or are on the verge of splitting up, his presence might not sit well with the mother.  Because of this the first reaction is to of course side with the mother. Allow me to play devil’s advocate for a moment.

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What about the fathers needs? Should he have a right to be in the room to see the birth of his child? Do the mothers needs at the time outweigh his?   Some might argue that a man has as much of a right to build a bond with the child from the moment it comes into the world as the woman does and that any woman who does not allow that is being selfish. Especially since there are many single mothers who complain about the father of their children not desiring a relationship with their child.

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Some say assume that the mother preventing the father from being in the delivery room during the birth might be a prerequisite for how the mother will be in regards to the father visiting the child and being able to bond with him in the future. An example of this would be how Nas now claims that him visiting his son is hell.  Insinuating that his now ex wife Kelis does not allow him to see the child as often as he would like.

With that being said, I direct these questions to you. Does a father have a right to be in the delivery room even if the wife insists that he is not? What if the couple is separated? Should their personal issues be put to the side for the sake of the child’s happiness? Or are the needs of the woman during the labor more important?

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