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Over the past few decades, the presence of fathers in the birthing room has moved from being accepted to being expected. With this evolution has come increasing pressure to be the ideal birth partner and to enjoy the birth experience regardless of personal feelings and coping skills. The reality, however, is that bringing a baby into the world is arguably one of the most life-changing events a man can experience. Yet, as Jomeen suggests, little attention is paid to the consequences - positive or negative - for the generalised expectation for fathers to attend the birth of their child.