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New Jersey Law Keeps Dads Out of Delivery Room

New Jersey Kicks Dad Out of the Delivery Room

When most moms-to-be want to keep the future father out of the delivery room, all they have to do is ask. But one woman went to legal lengths to keep her child's dad out of the room. After ending her relationship with the father of her soon-to-be baby, Rebecca DeLuccia demanded that he not be around during the delivery. This did not sit well with her former fiancé Steven Plotnick, who later sued DeLuccia for denying him access to the delivery room. Plotnick said it was important for him to be at the hospital in order to bond with the baby.

Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed, however, had a different opinion. Because patients — pregnant or not — are allowed to decide who sits by their side in the hospital, fathers have no legal right to be in the delivery room, he ruled. Mohammed added that the father's unwanted presence could cause additional stress for the expectant mother. Although DeLuccia kept Plotnick out of the delivery room, she has allowed him visitation rights with their daughter.

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Lissa1389478265 Lissa1389478265 3 years

The health and saftey of the mom and baby is what's more important than anything else, which means if she doesn't want him there, he can't be there.

shawnnlively73341 shawnnlively73341 3 years


Granted, if there were circumstances warranting a legal restraining order, then he needs to back off, but generally...You (the female) at one point thought enough of the man to sleep with him, so you throwing a hissy fit about it being YOUR KID and not his is very childish, and selfish.

ChristieOlson1381431843 ChristieOlson1381431843 3 years

I'd like to know how many people voted on this poll. 21% that seems like a lot of people who have never had a baby... or could just seem slanted because of the voting pool (quantity). ANYWAY I feel this woman did what needed to be done for herself and allowing the father visitation clearly displays her willingness to support a father-daughter relationship. Besides as a newborn, they have needs and they are typically fulfilled by the mother. I'd be interested to know how it really went down! Was he allowed to see her just after birth or later on via custody arrangements?

KathleenRoland691 KathleenRoland691 3 years

I guess it depends on whether the mom is just angry with him and being a brat or if there is something more sinister going on. Since she went through legal channels before she went into labor I say keep him out. Something else was happening than just trying to hurt him. If the woman is going to be stressed by having him there then keep him out, and let him see the baby being cleaned and hold them then.

BarbaraTurner82515 BarbaraTurner82515 3 years

He sounds like some of those dads who feel: "I'm the father! That's MY kid! That kid belongs with me!" Yeah right! MOM'S ARE THE MOTHERS, YOU FOOLS! YOU DIDN'T BIRTH 'EM WE DID! WHAT WE SAY GOES! GOT IT?! If you're so frigging bold that you HAVE TO BE THERE and are overlording that mom while SHE's doing all the work and you don't seem to care about anything but YOU YOU YOU and your kid your kid your kid, then YOU HAVE NO RIGHT to be there causing the mom undue stress when she wants to have a happy event which you are HELLISHLY selfishly intent on destroying! GET OUT! Go by the mom's rules and don't make it all about you you you! It's now about that baby! Period! AND their safety!

Heart60256 Heart60256 3 years

Of COURSE men shouldn't have the legal right to be present for someone else's medical procedure just because they once had sex with them!

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