One in five first-time fathers never get up at night to soothe their crying babies, a survey released yesterday found. The poll, by parenting magazine Baby, also found most new mothers received support from their husbands only after giving birth. Although 90 per cent of first-time mothers said their husbands gave enough post-natal support, more than half said they never or seldom attended pre-natal workshops or accompanied them to clinics for check-ups. More than half of the women said their husbands accompanied them to the labour room. Two-thirds of first-time fathers regularly helped change nappies, and fed and bathed their babies. However, 20 per cent would not get up at night if the child was crying. Although hiring maids to take care of children was common, most mothers ranked husbands as their main helping hand. Parents came next. Maids were ranked sixth, after the baby's siblings and medical professionals. Close to 90 per cent of respondents said companies should grant paternity leave. The magazine questioned about 450 mothers who had given birth during the past two years for the first time.