(Closed) Who was there when you gave birth?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
1301 posts
Bumble bee

My husband. I wouldn’t want anyone else there, TBH. It’s a pretty intense experience and you have no idea how it’s going to go – a lot of people coming in and out of the room would suck, IMO. 

We called after our daughter was born to let everyone know that everything went well. They didn’t even know I was in labor, which was how I wanted it. We also took a few hours to ourselves before we allowed visitors. 

If you don’t want people waiting outside, don’t tell them you’re in labor. Just take all the time you need, and call when you’re ready. It’s a medical procedure, and a pretty major one at that.

Post # 3
13 posts

Only my husband was in the room. I’m a very private person, so I wanted as little people as possible in the room. For family that couldn’t wait, they were in the waiting room. I’m happy that I handled it way i did, because every one and their brother had their hands in my vag every hour pretty much until I gave birth. I was labor for 16 hours. Also, most of my family are male so I think it would have been really awkward if had been there. At least I didn’t have to worry about hurting anybody’s feelings . Plus it was  so wonderful having those first few moments of  my daughters life just to ourselves. 

Post # 4
1206 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m currently 12 weeks pregnant but when baby comes it’ll just be my Darling Husband at the hospital. I don’t like the idea of knowing people are waiting and possibly feeling pressure from that. The hospital where I’m delivering also doesn’t allow visitors for the first 2 hours to let parents bond with the baby so they’d have to wait even after the baby is born. 

Post # 5
2021 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

There was a thread just like this a few weeks ago if you wanna search for it! I’m the minority by far. I had Darling Husband, sister, MOther and Mother-In-Law in the room. It was amazing. We are a really close family. 

Post # 6
4090 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had planned on Darling Husband and my mom. But I went into labour, and progressed too fast to make it to the hospital, so it was: Darling Husband, my mom, my BFF, 6 EMTS,  my MW and her student…and our dog.

Post # 7
7642 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

akm57 :  Husband only in the delivery room. No one else was allowed in for several hours after the birth, after I’d at least had a sleep and some time alone with baby. Fortunately my hospital (here in Australia) had pretty strict visiting times for the maternity ward (only certain times in afternoon and evening).

Extended family rushing in straight after the baby is born is what you usually see on TV, but impractical in real life. Who wants visitors when they’re in pain, exhausted, emotional and looking a complete mess? 

Post # 8
6648 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

Only Darling Husband was in the delivery room with me, and he didn’t call to let anyone else know until after the baby was born. I wouldn’t want anyone else in the room with me, and I would feel weird if people were at the hospital waiting. 

Post # 9
553 posts
Busy bee

My husband and a doula for support. Absolutely no one else, being that my mom was terminally ill. My dad didn’t want to be there anyway. My Mother-In-Law expected to be there. Too bad, this was a medical procedure with my privates showing, I wasn’t going to let someone be there who cannot keep her mouth shut and insists on saying mean things. As it turns out, she came to the hospital 2 days later and upset me. We eventually have lost contact so she doesn’t even know about my second child. I deserve a little happiness in life, and I got tired of otherwise happy events (like my wedding, showers and the birth of my first child) turning into drama and hurt. I don’t expect anyone to fall all over me but who insults a woman who just gave birth??

Post # 10
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Only my husband in the delivery room, and only my father and brother visited after delivery. We lived four hours away from all friends and family, so that was a plus. My dad actually hopped in the car and headed straight for our hospital and drove all four hours and soon as he got word that we were there. My aunt and grandmaw visited the next day, and that was it! It was actually really nice to not have to deal with all the chaos of a ton of people crowding in my hospital room. 

Post # 11
716 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m 34 weeks but when it’s time I am only going to have my Darling Husband and Doula.

Post # 12
2553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We had my parents and DH’s parents there with us.  My labor was 33 hours and the first 21 we were trying to prevent as our girls were early so it was a potent combo of stress and boredom, I was happy to have the company.  Also we knew our girls would go to the NICU after birth so I didn’t have any intimate baby bonding to look forward to.

Post # 13
543 posts
Busy bee

My FH and I have discussed this some because several of our friends and family have had babies in recent times, and I swear, it’s like they want to have a germ-fest intro party for the baby. We do not attend said parties. 

I will plan to have Husband, mother, and mother in law present. My mother is a pediatrician, so of course I want her there. And my mother in law is in the medical field as well so she fits the scenario. And I have a pretty decent relationship with her so she won’t be getting on my laboring nerves.


Post # 14
554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I have been thinking about this recently, even though I’m not even pregnant!

I think I would have my Darling Husband & possibly my mum. But no one else. 

Post # 15
7873 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have pretty quick labors, so if people wanted to wait in the waiting room it’s fine by me- but only Darling Husband can be there when I’m pushing. With my last baby, my mom had brought my older daughter (8 at the time) to see me once I was hooked up with my epidural. She took her to the cafeteria for lunch and they came back and met her baby sister.

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