It was my wife (a registered midwife) who first pursued the home route as a medically safe and mother/child-friendly alternative. After the birth of our first child I became convinced of its father-friendly qualities too. A safe delivery in the early hours was followed by cups of tea and a few hours' rest tucked up in our own bed together, before getting on the phone to announce the news.
I was immediately on hand for nappy-changing and winding duty, while my wife could concentrate on breast-feeding and recuperating. I felt I was right in on the action and yet not "in the way" (the common experience of fathers in hospital).
Last month we had our third child - born at home, like the others. I thoroughly recommend it!
Dr MATTHEW DYER