Third of dads wish they had NOT been present for the birth of their first child

Nearly half (47 per cent) were not prepared for their role at delivery.

Only one in ten felt useful, with the rest saying they were a “spare part”, “nervous” and “overwhelmed”.

And 48 per cent felt they were constantly doing things wrong — the same amount who were desperate to be supportive.

A third admitted crying.

Some passed the time by going on social media and watching box sets.

Others had a turn on the gas and air, taking selfies and doodling.

Pampers polled 1,388 mums and 612 dads for International Day of the Midwife.

Senior midwife Michelle Comrie said: “I sympathise with well-meaning dads at such a stressful time in their lives where they have little control.

“I’ve seen some fast asleep during labour, and others passing out where they are so nervous.

“I’ve also seen a dad in an apron and gloves, having taken a selfie of him and his wife to post on social media.

“The best thing dads can do is put their partner’s needs first — give praise and offer love and reassurance.”

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