We have all seen the footage of Robbie Williams trying to help his wife during labour – but do you think partners help or hinder during childbirth? Would you rather just be on your own?

Ime 2 have had four children and to be honest would rather have been on my own. I didn’t want to take anything away from the joy of being at the birth from the children’s father, so I was happy for him to be there. But it wasn’t essential for me.

But I know lots of women who felt their partner had to be there. I just didn’t feel this way. It’s not that I wanted my mum or my friend to be there – I just knew I had a job to do and I just wanted to get on with it. Sort of like when you are unwell, you just want left alone till you feel better.

Plus it must also must be hard to see someone in pain and not be able to help and also sometimes women just don’t need the distraction of their partner. I also had very speedy deliveries – 12 hours in total for four children. My daughter was just 40 minutes from beginning to end. We just made the hospital as I truly thought i was going to give birth in the car…

So here’s what the survey found…

Nelsons arnicare conducted a survey and found that 5% of dads faint during child-birth!

  • Pre-birth, 90% of women surveyed wanted their partner to be with them at the birth of their child, but post-birth, 16% of women Familywho did have their partners nearby, said they would have preferred a friend or family member instead and 11% would have preferred to give birth alone!
  • 1 in 10 say they wouldn’t allow their partner to be there whilst giving birth
  • During the crucial stages of birth; 31% of women said their partner was emotional, whilst 23% of women said their partner seemed relaxed. 12% said their partner was involved with the birth, but 8% left the room and 5% fainted!

Luckily, Nelsons Arnicare range can help mums and dads in the labour room:

  • Arnicare Cooling Gel for dad if hands are over-squeezed to cool and revive
  • Arnicare Cream for dad in case he hits the deck and bumps or knocks himself
  • Arnicare bath and massage balm for rubbing her back or adding to a soothing bath for mum


[1] Survey conducted by Atomik Research with 1,000 of mums with a child under 5 years old, November 2012

For press inquiries: If you would like further information, please contact Alison Hunter-Pease at Nelsons on 020 8780 4239

Products in the Nelsons Arnicare® range include Nelsons Arnicare® Cooling Gel (£5.15), Nelsons Arnicare Arnica Cream, 30g (£5.09) and 50g (£6.93), Nelsons Arnicare® Arnica 30c pillules (£6.04), Nelsons Arnicare® Arnica Kids Stick (£4.50) and Nelsons Arnicare® arnica bath & massage balm (£8.15).