Stay Out of My Labor and Delivery Room
Submitted by DevaD
When I was about to go into labor and delivery
, my mother-in-law asked if she could be in the delivery room
when the baby was born. I didn't want to hurt her feelings, but there was NO WAY I wanted her (or anyone besides the doctor and my husband) there while I huffed and puffed half naked as a human being struggled free from my vajayjay. No WAY!
I broke the news to her, nicely, and she was perplexed to say the least. In her family everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, attends all of the family births. 15 people hang out in the labor and delivery room with cameras rolling, chatting, milling around munching on snacks waiting for the baby to arrive. Aunts, uncles, grandpa, sisters, brothers (I kid you not, men are there too) ... It sounds completely insane to me.
Birth is a private event in my opinion and I didn't want anyone who didn't absolutely have to be there in the labor and delivery room. I can't even imagine being in that kind of pain, spread eagle with fluids oozing out of every orifice as my entire extended family watched in anticipation. Am I off base here or do you agree with me that they are insane to make birth a family affair?