Midwives, fathers and mothers all agree that dads should participate in childbirth. They are less clear, however, about why dads should be there. Do fathers really ease birthing for mothers? Is there a moral obligation to accompany mothers on their passage? Read more…. Fathers: Those Engrossing First Minutes
Richard Reed is Associate Professor at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He has written several books about the Guarani of Paraguay. This paper is condensed from his study of fathers’ childbirth rituals to be published by the University of California Press. He is father to two dynamite kids.