A midwifery collective in Bulgaria has created a montage of fathers talking about their experiences of attending the birth of their child.
Zebra Midwives has released a 7-minute video of 18 fathers who attended the birth of their child which describes how they felt and what they saw.
One of the fathers in the video says he was glad to have attended the birth “because the concept of birth turned out to be quite wrong.”
Another father claims that it was hard to convince health care professionals to let him stay for the birth: “In fact, the hardest part was convincing those who were in charge of allowing me to be there.”
When they were asked ‘what did they see during the birth?’, one father says: “It doesn’t look attractive in the sense of “pleasant” but in the sense of very powerful”.
Speaking about the campaign, Yoana Stancheva from Zebra Midwives said: “We had a beautiful campaign in Bulgaria because the video was very positive and 6,300 people saw it in mere two days. It is still quite rare for Dads to attend because birth is not considered part of their responsibilities and we have too many stereotypes surrounding what’s a ‘man’s job’”.
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