As any woman who has given birth will tell you, labour is tiring work. I mean; you are pushing an entire human out of your body – and trust me, having done it twice myself, there is a reason it is called labour.
What helps many birthing mamas, though, is having your partner there with you, holding your hand or simply just giving you little shouts or peptalks of encouragement as you labour that baby out.
However, one dad-to-be was recently slammed online after sharing a snap of himself eating pizza while his wife gave birth.
In the photo, the man can be seen enjoying a pepperoni pizza while his other half is busy delivering their baby.
The image has since been shared on discussion forum Reddit, where it left users outraged.
Commenting on the post, one user wrote, “Casually eating pizza when your SO is in the middle of giving birth.”
Another one added: “She’s is pain and he’s just ‘I’m eat a pizza and drink beer and take a picture of you suffering.”
A third ranted, “This isn’t funny. The woman is obviously in a tremendous amount of pain and I don’t think It’s appropriate to be making jokes.”
However, it wasn’t all criticism as some Redditors were quick to jump to the dad’s defence, claiming that he can’t be expected not to eat.
One dad wrote, “I had a Subway while I was waiting for my son to be born. When you hear about a 12 hour labour, about 11 of those hours are mostly just waiting.”
Another agreed, adding: “I was in labour for three days, my husband had to eat.”