06. 05. 2007
Men at Birth
Men at Birth is the third book from Australian writer David Vernon. It is an edited anthology of birth experiences written entirely by men. The experiences described range from cesareans to VBACs, from home births to hospital births. Apparently the book has caused some controversy in Australia with its view that men who are poorly prepared for delivery, should not even be in the room for the birth of their child.
Personally, I don't think anyone is ever really prepared for the birth of their child. The moments fathers discuss are often brief, left to a brotherly, perhaps internal sense of awe and often a preference not to go down that road. The reality is that men are expected to attend their children's births and it's about time a book came out telling their experiences in childbirth.