Some have condemned this as insensitive while others applauded it. I recall breaking down in floods of tears while supporting a friend in similar situation few years back. The experience lingers, anyone offering warmly supports at that intense moment should be commended. No matter how many 'One Born Every Minute' series you watch, it can't be compared to the live-experience, and your ability to maintain decorum at that point stands you out.
Womenfolk needs to help out on this: Would you want your man beside you at the delivery room? And basically doing what?