My girlfriend's sister, who I have know for years, has invited (only) me to the birth of her first child for support. That is her free choice. I don't know who the father is and I don't ask. I will probably be too embarrassed to even look at her 'below', but I may do. However, I will tend to stay focused on holding her hand, offering her words of support in a quiet way, and have already started to look at sites about what the role of a birth-partner is.
My girlfriend (her sister) thinks it inappropriate, but has yet to provide me with convincing reasons as to why it is inappropriate, but I know her sister would never have another woman with her (we have discussed it several times) and her dad is not in the area. I also know if my girlfriend had been invited it would NOT be considered inappropriate. Apparently, if I attend it is voyeuristic and sexual, but if anyone else does, it's not, and that is the hurtful part. It's not my baby, but myself and the sister simply get on well. I am a kind of neutral in her family and don't get involved in any family arguments - always keeping my distance - so I am assuming she sees me as reliable which is probably what you want on the day in question.
Why would her inviting me cause such a rumpus - again, she would rather have nobody there than another woman: I am just amazed at the double-standards of some people.
I'm confused... Why would it be voyeuristic? I'm assuming you are another gal- but even if you were a guy, I wouldn't view attending a birth as sexual and voyeuristic.
Any which way- in this case- it sounds like your girlfriend is jealous that her sister trusts you enough to be in labor and delivery and yet has not asked her to go to L&D to hold her hand, since she is the obvious blood relation in this discussion. That would seem to me the heart of the problem.
Anyways, I'm not seeing this as a double-standards issue, but it would irk me nonetheless to be in your shoes!
I being a women, think that it is inappropriate. I am picturing my sister asking my husband to be the only one in the delivery room at the time of her birth and it just wouldnt fly. I figured you are a guy because you said you are not the father. You may not be thinking about what this may mean to your girlfriend. She may question the intentions of why her sister asked you to be the only one at the birth of her child. I think it is a little strange to be honest, even if her family is or isnt disfunctional and she doesnt want family there. It sounds like your girlfriend and the sister are close enough and you are close to her as well if she asked you to be the only one in there, so I can kinda see why she would ask you, but not without the sister.. Defiant no go in my books..
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From a woman's perspective, I also consider it inappropriate. In particular if you are a man and your girlfriends sister wants you as the only person in there. Very strange. I know my husband would never go for a thing like that, but if my sister asked him to be the only one in there it would be a very serious issue. I imagine the situation has your girlfriend questioning every aspect of your relationship and what this scenario reveals about your relationship with her sister. I don't think that your being there is sexual or even voyeuristic (unless you are just really excited to watch a baby come out of your girlfriends sister), but it is weird. Of course, based on your short post, we cannot know all the dynamics of your relationship with your girlfriend, her sister or the rest of the family, but based on the information I have it definitely seems inappropriate.
It would make me uncomfortable if someone (other than his sisters) asked my husband to do that. I would be ok if they asked him and some other people to be present even if I was not. By her sister asking you and only you, it is initmate and I would be uncomfortable with my husband having that relationship with another person. Although I don't have sisters, I would be hurt if my sister would rather have my partner in the room alone rather than me alone or both of us.
Having said that my husband was only at our births because it was importnat to me and wanted to support me. He would probably rather shoot himself in the foot than see someone else.
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Many thanks for your reply and your implicit support.
This event may well happen once in this girl's life and as long as I can leave the delivery suite knowing I have done my best in terms of support, while she has a heathly baby (and she is OK herself), well, that's enough.
People confuse these issues, because of the sexual overtones to do with nudity, etc. I kind of understand that attitude, but that raises a further question: if there are those kind of overtones why would a woman invite a female (mother, sister, friend) to see her giving birth? It's either sexual or it's not, and I don't think it is.
If it upsets a few people then I won't go, but on what is supposed to be a majestic day for the mother-to-be, I think it's all a bit silly.
no, her family are just normal, not dysfuntional and nobody is trying to play anyone off anyone else. The sister finds it a little strange about asking another woman to see her, that's all. In reality, I won't 'look'. I will probably be a bit overwhelmed myself.
This is not a sexual thing, just a supportive thing.
Thanks for your reply.
It is no more inappropriate than if she had asked her sister. My gender is IRRELEVANT. No, it is not my baby; we just get on well. She simply feels comfortable around me. I don't put her under pressure. I don't argue. I am easy-going. So she probably thought, 'why not'.
The mother-to-be is not very close to other women, in general, so that's probably a factor, but that doesn't mean that there is anything sinister going on (because there isn't).
Thanks for your post.
You gotta do what makes you most comfortable. I think it is awesome that you would be supportive for your friend. I don't find it strange at all. For the most part I have much better guy friends then women. If your girlfriend is having issues with it, they are HER issues and needs to get over herself and if she can't then maybe she isn't the one for you. Also some of these women are seriously prudish here and are stuck in gender stereotype roles. If you want a more liberal free thinking message board there are better options.