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11/17/2014 03:09 pm ET Updated Nov 17, 2014

The Important Role Fathers Play In The Delivery Room

Pop culture is notorious for mocking the stereotypical ways men react to seeing women give birth, but in everyday life, those moments are often far more serious and supportive. George Estrada, a father himself and the CIO of the Center for American Progress joined HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd to discuss his experiences with his wife's deliveries of their children and why movies, albeit funny, don't paint the most accurate picture for future dads.

"There was a complication with our son," said Estrada. "It ended up being nothing, the kid was just big ... But it happened so fast. I wasn't expecting that -- there was no book that I could have read that would have told me this is a possibility based on your kid. These are the things that happen."

Estrada believes women have an easier time than men responding appropriately to such situations, because they are more in tune with what has been physically happening to their bodies as they carry their children to term.

"There is a level of maturity that you have to go in there with -- I think that with men in particular," he said. "When I talk to young men, that's one of the things I do tell them. There's a time to joke ... but you do need to walk in there and accept that you are her partner, you're there for her. If something goes wrong, you have to be ready to step up to the plate and not get freaked out over every little thing."

To hear more about Estrada's experience with the births of his children, watch the full HuffPost Live clip in the video above.

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