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  1. Scott Greider says:

    It’s not so much that they haven’t been included, but rather that they abdicated the leadership role of primary support person. I could give you what I believe are the reasons for this, but they’d probably freak you out. Good question, though!

  2. Rob says:

    How about decades and decades (if not centuries) of cultural programming. If we were raised thinking that men were the primary support in a pregnancy/birth, then we’d be more likely to accept the role. As it is, there’s still a great deal of stereotyping that needs to be unraveled. Fortunately we now have places like this to get the word out so our sons and daughters can expect the role of husbands and father to be inclusive and vital.

  3. Joe Valley says:

    Thanks Rob for sharing this gem. I believe that men are able to be vital, and I am finding that many women are desiring that their partners be present at birth. We are swimming a bit up stream for that very reason you brought up: we have been culturally programmed NOT to be vital during the childbirth process. We have to change the very thoughts in our own minds in order to truly be prepared. I have found that the more men around me that share this journey of reprogramming, the easier it is for me to do it. Perhaps it has to do with social proof or reinforcement. Either way, it is exciting for me to be part of this movement and I am happy to share it with you, Rob. Many thanks for your input.

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