Family delivery rooms in service
The 17 maternity delivery rooms of Wuhan Municipal Maternal and Child Healthcare Hospital have been in operation for about two months. As of the end of May, a total of 104 women had given birth in the rooms.
At the end of April, 27year-old Ms. Liu delivered a healthy 3.1 kg baby boy after six to seven hours of labor. The new father felt faint because of the excitement of seeing the actual birth of his son and because he had not eaten for an entire day. "Since then, we have become quite concerned about family members attending the delivery of babies," said chief midwife, Zhong Jufang.
"Over half of expectant mothers prefer to have their husbands be present during delivery. However, many husbands can't help but get emotional while witnessing the process of giving birth," Zhong noted. She said that watching the birth of a baby and the cutting of the umbilical cord can cause husbands a great deal of anxiety.