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Old 08-04-2012, 10:44 AM   #6
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My DH cut the cord for our first because it was the thing to do, but he asked not to do it for our second. He said cutting DD's cord was kind of disturbing--he said it requires hacking several times with scissors through a thick piece of human flesh. And that's true! He felt no special bonding for having cut it the first time so opted out this time. Instead he was seated behind me in our birth tub, holding me while I pushed. That was more significant to both of us.

I have heard of men fainting at birth or throwing up. Sure, it isn't "manly" but they can't help it. So if your husband felt squeamish or timid about cutting the cord, I wouldn't bring it up and just let it go. If he is a good husband and dad now, that is what counts!
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