How I was at the forefront of a major medical change
To have Dad at the baby’s birth might be the norm these days, but it hasn’t always been this way.
Up until I became an O&G registrar in the late 1960s, the 'woman’s husband' — for that was what he was called back then — was always banned from the labour ward.
Yet today, partners of all descriptions are encouraged to be present at the births, COVID-19 notwithstanding. This is a wonderful change and I was at the forefront of it.
So, when did this change begin?
As I said, in the past, husbands were always excluded from the labour