I am a female and wanted to add my
From the patient point of view I hope none of you took it personally if the woman giving birth asked not to have you in the room. When I gave birth to my daughter I didn't want anyone in there but the nurse who was taking care of me, the Dr and my hubby. Now, by the time i had my son I didn't care if the whole world was in there!!:roll In fact, I was being prepped for a C-section because the cord was being pressed on by the babies head (it was circling the top of his head like a halo, but believe me he is no angel!!:roll )Anywho....the Dr must have made a unit wide announcement that there was some type of excitment in my room, she told me if i could give one more good push I wouldn't need to have a c-section, well I pushed and out he came....I looked up and there standing at the foot of my bed were 12 nurses/students and 4 of them were male! I didn't mind at the time, I was just glad it was over. I guess my point is some women just don't feel comfortable having men there other than hubby during such an intimate time. I'm sure you all realize that but I'm also sure it must be an aweful feeling not to be able to participate in a very exciting part of the OB rotation.
As far as the nurses treating you badly I think that is an aweful shame! We are all profressional and it shouldn't matter if you are male or female!! There were nurses in my OB rotation that treated us females rotten too!!
And just to add a little note here....I have had a few experiences of being in the hospital, most recently last Dec when I had kidney surgery and some of the BEST
nurses I have ever had were male!! So keep up the great work!!