Fam­ily de­liv­ery rooms in ser­vice

Changjiang Weekly - - SOCIETY -

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.

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