Pregnant women choose who they want by their side when they’re giving birth. Some people no longer have any relationship with their baby’s father, they want their mother by their side instead. But now, according to a new study, it’s becoming increasingly common for women to request that their best friend accompanies them.
Voucher Codes Pro conducted a study of 1,756 pregnant women aged over 18 and asked them who they plan to have in the room with them when they give birth. 24% said their best friend instead of the baby’s father.
Talking to “Refinery29″, one 26 year old woman explained: “I’d love to have my best friend by my side when giving birth. I think about it a lot.”
“She’d be a calming presence and there’s just something more biologically in tune with the birthing process about having a woman who’s known you your whole life stand by you. I know she’ll be with me throughout the entirety of my pregnancy. As much as I’d like my partner there to share it, I’d want her to be there too.”
The study also revealed that 67% of women don’t think the father’s presence is necessary during childbirth and 22% won’t have them present during labour.
One third put this down to the fact that they’re not on good terms with the father, a quarter said they don’t want their partners to find them unattractive, some said the father was too squeamish and others said that they would just prefer someone else.
Jamie and Jools Oliver recently let their 12 and 14 year old in the room for the birth of their new son which raised debate on social media about whether it’s appropriate for certain people to witness childbirth.
Source: Evening Standard