Q&A: My Husband's Nervous to Cut the Cord. Will He Regret It if He Doesn't Do It?

My husband's nervous to cut the cord. Will he regret it if he doesn't do it?
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ByShoshana Bennett, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Updated
Jan 2017
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Maybe, but ultimately, it should be his choice whether to cut the cord. We know childbirth isn’t exactly a walk in the park for you, but remember there’s pressure on your guy too! He’s got to be the labor coach, and he’ll be deeply concerned about your and baby’s well-being during the birth process. Cutting the cord, to some, is a dad’s rite of passage, and it makes some dads feel closer to baby and like a bigger part of the birth experience. But if he doesn’t want to do it, he shouldn’t be pressured to. That won’t make him any less of a dad, so support his decision either way.

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