But new research suggests that some fathers should steer clear of the delivery room because they could make the pain of childbirth even worse (!!)
This 'news' has made the front page of no less than The Times today, what is it with this 'war' on dads?
Surely if we want men to be good dads we need to be involved from the very moment things 'get real'.
We will never experience the aches and pains, the kicks, that wonderful relationship that begins as the tummy expands, surely even the most squeamish men should be allowed to witness the birth of the baby they have helped make?
One minute there is a war against feckless dad who make a woman pregnant and abandon them and the next science is saying actually they shouldn't be there in the first place!
Is there no wonder some men are disconnected from the whole process? Pam would never have accepted me not being in the delivery room. 'Oh I can't cope with seeing her in all that pain' - newsflash it ain't a walk in the park for the mum either!!
No words can adequately express the moment your child arrives into the world. Jacob's entrance will be burned on to my mind forever as will that precious first half an hour cradling this wonderful if messy new arrival.
Instead of banishing dads, let's educate and talk about it. Because the reward is so worth it.