Well said, sunsetsky! I'm always annoyed when people say "babysitting" for fathers. Regarding "push presents" (ugh, can we retire that phrase, please?), I'm from the South where "birthing gifts" are not a "new trend," but have been a tradition for generations.
My grandfather gave my grandmother birthing gifts, which have been passed down to the grandchildren and will continue to be heirlooms that hold special meaning for us. My father gave my mother a cameo ring to honor the birth of my brother. When my sister came along, he added a cameo to the ring, and when I came along, a third cameo was added. My mother wears this ring of three cameos, and it's like carrying us with her.
I received rings (not of high monetary value) to honor the births of each of my boys. I plan to pass these down to them and their children.
This morning, Good Morning America ran a piece on this practice and featured couples who are new to the idea and who seemed to focus solely on the monetary aspect of it. I think the GMA piece missed the point of the tradition, which is to honor and recognize a monumental event in your life.
Just because the nouveau riche adopted the tradition and turned it into another way to display their gaudy opulence doesn't mean it isn't a meaningful tradition—when kept in perspective—worth keeping.