The Push Present – Isn't A Happy Healthy Baby Enough?

push presentA “push present” is a gift a new dad gives a new mom when she gives birth to their child either before or after the birth, commonly in the delivery room.  Typically it’s something sparkly or materialistic and meant to serve as a reminder of the delivery of their new bundle of joy.  If you’re like me, you probably never heard that such a thing existed before you were pregnant.  Maybe it made you excited at the idea of receiving a special gift or maybe you don’t care one way or the other.  I think a push present is completely ridiculous and here’s why.

Ok.  First of all, let me just start off by saying I’m sorry if this post offends anyone because I’m guessing this could quite possibly end up as a controversial subject.  And I’m not saying I’m complexly against it, I just feel like even though I’ve carried this baby in my womb for nine months and will eventually be the one pushing him out, it’s not only me who should be rewarded.  I think that all of the effort and hard work would be nothing without my husband’s support.  He bared with me when I couldn’t eat anything but mac & cheese or PBJ during my first trimester, he’s been at the other end of my most hormonal moments and over all he’s supported me throughout my pregnancy.  He’s in this as much as I am so why should I get something sparkly or expensive just because I pushed?

According to the executive editor of, “It’s more and more an expectation of moms these days that they deserve something for bearing the burden for nine months, getting sick, ruining their body. The guilt really gets piled on.”  I think it’s so silly that some new moms think they need something material to remember that special day.  Maybe I’ve got an old fashioned way of thinking but isn’t delivering a happy healthy baby the greatest gift imaginable?  I guess the concept of a push present wouldn’t bother me as much if it didn’t have a wikipedia page dedicated to it’s history or the fact that some new moms are angered when their husbands don’t reward them.

Now that I’ve gotten you cheering or punching the monitor, I’m curious to know what you think.  Do you agree with the idea of a push present or do you think it’s completely ridiculous like me?  Would it be better if it was something more useful for mom or something to share mutually between both new mom and dad?  I’d love to hear.

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