When you’re a dad in a birthing suite, you probably feel about as useful as a concrete parachute.
Chris Judd certainly said he felt “powerless” as his TV presenter wife Bec gave birth to each of their four children.
“Short of the old hand hold, or very occasionally encouraging words, I think it’s best to just stay out of the way and accept that it’s a huge thing that your wife’s going through and you’re unfortunately, powerless to help,” the former AFL footballer says on the latest episode of Hello Bump: The Pointy End.
Chris told podcast host Monique Bowley that he, like most dads, wanted to help during the birth of their eldest son Oscar, but knew that he really couldn’t.
“There’s a strong urge that you really want to be useful and you really want to get in and help, but the reality is there’s not much you can do,” the 34-year-old said.
“And the best thing for you to do is let the doctor perform. They’re the ones most qualified to help.”
Chris also knew that under no circumstances should he put his footy brain into action and try to coach Bec through the birth – something she was grateful for.
That doesn’t mean the former Carlton and West Coast Eagles player didn’t want to be fully present for the moments his wife gave birth, the first two times vaginally and the third time with the twins via caesarean.
“I can vividly remember all the kids coming out,” he said, adding that a career facing injuries, operations and needles had prepared him for the sights he was about to see.