How Many People Does it Take to Have a Baby?
No, that’s not the opening line to a joke. If you’re already pregnant, it’s actually a serious question.
As we plan out the steps towards motherhood, most of us who are pregnant typically intend to deliver our baby in the care of a hospital and we know that our standard “delivery team” will include doctors and nurses. However, some moms-to-be also bring along an extra pair of hands like a doula, midwife or other health care professional to assist with the birth. Though, not everyone chooses this option. Some women prefer to give birth in the privacy of their own home. It really comes down to personal preference. And it’s a decision each pregnant woman must make: namely, with how many family & friends do I want share this amazing experience?
I have a very small family so, for me, including them wasn’t a big deal; husband, sister, mother-in-law—waiting outside in anticipation. But who else? I wasn’t exactly sure what the whole procedure was going to look like, or what I was going to look like for that matter, so the last thing I wanted was a curious audience watching over me. (Heck, I didn’t even want to see what things looked like down there—and I’m still glad I don’t know!)
For me, giving birth was a very personal and intimate experience, and my husband and I were the only ones who needed to be there. Honestly, I didn’t want to share our special moment.
For others, however, it can be more of a“group” effort. They want to be sure other family members and good friends are present to share the experience along the way. And in the age of social media, some modern moms are even Facebook-ing, Twitter-ing, and Youtube-ing the experience, real-time. It’s about sharing and keeping the memory, and everyone needs to make those decisions for themselves. Thus, there’s no right or wrong answer to the question.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the moment I became a mom, we all have our own ideas about raising our kids and we all need to do what’s best for OUR family.
Check out how crowded the delivery room can get on this week’s episode of One Born Every Minute, airing on Lifetime, Tuesday’s at 10:00pm.