(Newser) A first-of-its-kind ruling is not likely to win much favor with fathers. A woman may ban her baby's daddy from the delivery room during birth, a New Jersey judge decided in a November court hearing as a mother gave her arguments ... while in labor. "The intensity was at a 20," Rebecca DeLuccia's lawyer said.
Just gave birth.As DeLuccia gave birth to a baby girl, Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed cited the fact that any hospital patient has the right to decide who can visit their bedside; his ruling was released Monday. In particular, "Any interest a father has before the child's birth is subordinate to the mother's interests," he wrote, per the Star-Ledger, noting such a case, which involved two unwed parents, had never before been heard in the US.
The couple had been engaged but called off the wedding and "were estranged from one another at the time delivery was approaching," DeLuccia's lawyer said. While it was "laudable" that father Steven Plotnick wanted to be there, his "unwanted"Read More »from Judge: Mom Can Ban Dad from Delivery Room