Agreed. My point was more directed at @turtleback . Would it be selfish of a father to throw away $500 to watch the birth of their child? Where do you draw the line? To me, it is something that does not have a monetary value, and as such, it is hard to compare it that way. And I have cut the cord every time. I also would not want to miss the birth of my child. Everybody is different, and I am fine with that.