When I walked into the room there were only two chairs. One was for my wife, Su, and one for the consultant who was reviewing her pregnancy. The doctor acknowledged me, but did not offer to get me a chair, so I stood in the corner of the room, feeling like an intruder, and listened while he spoke to Su. He was attentive to Su, but throughout the whole consultation he did not make eye contact with me once. I felt like a spare part, unsure and uncomfortable. The message I received that day was this: you are an observer. Watch, listen and be on hand if needed, but the jurisdiction of babies is not yours. It belongs to your wife and the professionals.
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