Monday, May 20, 2013

In the Delivery Room

It is something that many pregnant women think about. It might even be something that they put in their birth plan.

Who will be in the delivery room with you? 

Back in the 50's only the mother, doctors and nurses were allowed in the room. Even the Daddy was left out in the waiting room, pacing and waiting for news.

Now a days women have options when it comes to visitors. Some women have a come-one-come-all policy. Since active labor can take many hours, having friends and family there helps pass the time. Others are uncomfortable with how the may react to the pain of childbrith and choose to wait for vistors until after the baby is born.

When it comes to the actual delivery of your child some hospitals will allow you to have a few people with you. Some women have the Daddy as well as a best friend, sister, mom or even photographer in the room for the big moment.

Towards the end of my first pregnancy I knew that I wanted my mom to be in the room with me for the actual delivery. After talking with my husband I called my mother and asked her if she would be in the room with us. She was honored and said yes. When I was in active labor I had an open door policy. I had a ton of friends and family coming in and out. My labor lasted over 19 hours and it was nice to have the company and the distraction. It was also nice to be able to give my husband a break or send someone out for cheeseburgers! When the time came to delivery my daughter everyone was sent to the waiting room except my Mom and my husband. My Mom was my rock. I was so scared and I knew that if my Mom was there nothing bad was going to happen. With my second daughter my husband and I felt like experts and decided that we wanted to experience this labor and delivery alone. A moment for just us to share.

Was your delivery room a party? Or was it just 2 of you?
Who was in the delivery room with you? or Who would you want in the delivery room with you?

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