Make room for daddy the journey from waiting room to birthing room its amazing that no one has previously traced this history of the role of fathers in childbirth filled with fascinating anecdotes from and about famous i love lucys husband desi arnaz donald sutherland danny thomas and not famous fathers the book is a delightful read . Make room for daddy explores the involvement of fathers in the birthing process beginning with their role as anxious outsiders during the 1930s and 1940s most expectant fathers waited for their wives safe delivery in hospital lounges set aside for their use. Judith walzer leavitt make room for daddy the journey from waiting room to birthing roomchapel hill north carolina university of north carolina press 2009 xi 385 pp illus 3500. Make room for daddy the journey from waiting room to birthing room review laura e ettinger bulletin of the history of medicine volume 84 number 3 fall 2010 pp. Make room for daddy the journey from waiting room to birthing room edition 1 using fathers first hand accounts from letters journals and personal interviews along with hospital records and medical literature judith walzer leavitt offers a new perspective on the changing role of expectant fathers from the 1940s to the 1980s
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