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Men in Labor

By Madeline Holler |

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Men in labor

Every birth is different, we know that. But do men experience childbirth in universally the same ways?

Fathers aren’t exactly front and center during labor and delivery — nor should they be — but even the standoffish ones are involved, emotionally or otherwise.

So what are they thinking? How are they feeling?

Global design firm Ideo was looking for inspiration as they search for ways to improve the experience of childbirth, so they interviewed some of the men in their office about the birth of their children. In just five minute, we see the joy, fear, pain and frustration different men go through at different points of the pregnancy and birth.

Men in Labor from IDEO on Vimeo.

It’s a smart and funny video — you might catch yourself choking up, as well. And it makes me wonder what you fathers experienced. What did your husbands and partners — the parent that wasn’t in labor — think and feel during those hours of contractions, pushing and eventually cord clipping?

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About Madeline Holler


Madeline Holler

Madeline Holler is a writer, journalist, and blogger. She has written for Babble since the site launched in 2006. Her writing has appeared in various other publications both online and in print, including Salon and True/Slant (now Forbes). A native of the Midwest, Madeline lives, writes, and parents in Southern California, where she's raising two daughters and a son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Madeline's latest posts →

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  1. Jessica Withers says:

    This is absolutely priceless. A must see for EVERYONE.

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