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Kerri Walsh Discusses Her Labor

Would You Let Your Hubby Leave During the Pains of Labor?

The 80s pop icon Ferris Bueller said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it." Nothing could be truer — especially for a mother in labor. Sometimes work and other circumstances can keep people from enjoying irreplaceable memories like the birth of a child or the marriage of their first-born. While 63 percent of you said it was inexcusable for a father to miss their child's birth due to work, others believed in some cases it was completely acceptable. Telling her own story, Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh recently said:

I started my contractions the night before and just labored through the night and kissed my husband goodbye. He had to go play in a tournament... Casey got home around 5 pm and my water broke around 5:05 and then we went straight to the hospital... My husband was a really great coach and little Joey came out at 7:14 pm.

Lucky for Kerri, hubby Casey Jennings made it on time — but many women wouldn't let their partners step foot out the door as they suffered through contractions of a first birth. Would you let your spouse jet while you were in labor?

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Moms Moms 7 years
As long as my husband was (will be) there for the actual birth, that's all that mattered to me. I was induced twice and he was with me the entire time (with the exception of running to get food or drinks or whatnot) but I can't imagine missing the moment of your child's birth — it's beyond amazing and nothing else comes close.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
well it depends on why! not if there was a chance he couldn't come back in time! and certainly not if i didn't have someone else around like my momma if he was going to play a tournament where he might make 2mil though, maybe!!
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
Me? Well, just going based on how people say child birth is uncomfortable and painful, I probably wouldn't. It's good to have a support system during such a life changing event, so I think I would definitely need him by my side just to keep me sane. I mean, sure, leave to get some food or whatever. Don't leave for the whole day!
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