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Forgive Husband For Missing Child's Birth Because of Work?

Forgive Husband For Missing Child's Birth Because of Work?

In a recent episode of Brothers and Sisters, Kitty and Robert's baby was born. While Kitty dashed to the hospital to be by the birth mother's side, Robert got held up at work and later had a medical emergency that kept him from witnessing the arrival of their son, Evan. Would you forgive your partner for missing such a monumental milestone because of work?

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macgirl macgirl 6 years
WOW, in this current economy jobs are pretty important. While I would want my husband to be there if something really really major happened and he couldn't be there then I couldn't be mad.
jessie jessie 6 years
depends on the situation like others have said above me.
grablife365 grablife365 6 years
At the moment, I'd like to say I'd be ok with it and forgiving but who knows.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 6 years
My husband missed the birth of our second and her whole first year because he was deployed.
mstrauss mstrauss 6 years
I would be sooooo angry, but I would still forgive my husband. His job I would not be very happy with though.
schnappycat schnappycat 6 years
My husband is a doctor, and although he doesn't currently have much on-call work, I'd likely be ok with him missing if it was a work commitment. I've been with him long enough to have lived through his residency and fellowship and have missed out or attended things alone plenty times because of his schedule. It's not ideal, but I understand.
Smacks83 Smacks83 6 years
I agree it depends on the job. If he's like a firfighter or EMT or something then what are you going to say, "I don't care if the building was on fire, my water broke!". I mean, really. i understand you want the father to be there, but if its not possible, don't you think he would be hurt and sad enough that he missed it without you having to lay on more guilt? Um...needless to say this doesn't apply if he totally could get out of his job and just chose not to, then you are legally allowed to burn his balls. It's like, the law.
Smacks83 Smacks83 6 years
I agree it depends on the job. If he's like a firfighter or EMT or something then what are you going to say, "I don't care if the building was on fire, my water broke!". I mean, really. i understand you want the father to be there, but if its not possible, don't you think he would be hurt and sad enough that he missed it without you having to lay on more guilt?Um...needless to say this doesn't apply if he totally could get out of his job and just chose not to, then you are legally allowed to burn his balls. It's like, the law.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
My SO has an office job, so he could definitely come to be at my side. His boss stayed with his wife for a week before her due date and returned to work 3 weeks later. He planned it 9 months in advance for good measure -- and she was lucky she delivered on her due date! That was a nice idea, but not possible for everyone. If it's not a job like a police officer, firefighter, doctor, and other jobs that need you to be there no matter what -- then I would have no problem delivering without him there. If he missed the birth because the server crashed, and he thought he was the only one who could fix it -- well, I'd be pissed.
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 6 years
It depends on the nature of the job
Greggie Greggie 6 years
Some jobs don't allow for even attempting.
khrystena khrystena 6 years
I know my MIL was completely alone for all 3 of her births. my FIL was working each time. I would not be ok with that, I would be ok if he was stuck in traffic attempting to come to my side but I would not be ok with him not even attempting!
khrystena khrystena 6 years
I know my MIL was completely alone for all 3 of her births. my FIL was working each time. I would not be ok with that, I would be ok if he was stuck in traffic attempting to come to my side but I would not be ok with him not even attempting!
sandy82 sandy82 6 years
It depends on the situation.
sandy82 sandy82 6 years
It depends on the situation.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
not married, but i would def forgive. things happen, and sometimes babies decide to arrive at not-so-convenient times. so of course i would forgive. i'd think he'd feel bad enough about missing it that i wouldn't add to that by being mad at him!
skigurl skigurl 6 years
i probably would, depending on the situation not if he was in an office job and had a meeting or couldn't tear himself away from his computer but for a firefighter or other similar job, sometimes you can't help it...my boyfriend often works out in the middle of nowhere without cell reception. he gets called into work at inoportune times, but i know he would be there if he could and if he wasn't it would be 100% out of his control....so i'd have to forgive him
skigurl skigurl 6 years
i probably would, depending on the situationnot if he was in an office job and had a meeting or couldn't tear himself away from his computerbut for a firefighter or other similar job, sometimes you can't help it...my boyfriend often works out in the middle of nowhere without cell reception. he gets called into work at inoportune times, but i know he would be there if he could and if he wasn't it would be 100% out of his control....so i'd have to forgive him
Greggie Greggie 6 years
Yes, I think it's acceptable. When my daughter was born, my husband was fighting a stomach bug. Had he been vomiting the morning of her birth, they wouldn't have allowed him into the operating room, and neither of us would've wanted to expose other mothers and newborns to it anyway. Luckily a couple of days before he fought it off completely and was able to be there.
Greggie Greggie 6 years
Yes, I think it's acceptable. When my daughter was born, my husband was fighting a stomach bug. Had he been vomiting the morning of her birth, they wouldn't have allowed him into the operating room, and neither of us would've wanted to expose other mothers and newborns to it anyway. Luckily a couple of days before he fought it off completely and was able to be there.
alikat07 alikat07 6 years
The situation would have to be extreme
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