Wasn't really sure what else to title this post, but a lot of what I am going to talk about does not even have to do with me lol.
Anyway, the closer I get to my due date, the more protective I am feeling of my child and I have a lot of empathy for other pregnant women and the struggles and issues they are facing. A big one is the question of who should be in the delivery room.
I belong to Baby Center and participate on the message boards quite often. One thing that I see a lot of is people posting about family members wanting or insisting on being in the delivery room with them. And the posters usually are uncomfortable with these people being there. This can range from in laws to siblings to even fathers of the pregnant mommies!! I was always comment the same thing... it is the pregnant woman's choice!!!! It is HER baby and her body and she needs to be as comfortable in the delivery room as possible.
I do not understand how people feel they have the right to be in the delivery room if the mother does not want them to be. It is not an event like a party or a ceremony. It is a human being coming out of another human being's body!!!!! That is very personal and intimate. The only people who should be there are people the mother feels comfortable with that will support her.
I am lucky that I do not have this issue, being that I live in Kansas with no family. I was able to choose two friends that I am extremely comfortable with having in the delivery room in addition to my husband. However, I really do not think any of my family or in laws would insist on being in the delivery room. And since my mom is gone I would probably be okay with my mother in law being there. But it would be MY choice.
Now, a bit about me. I know that I share a lot of information on this blog about how I am feeling and what I am experiencing, but when it comes right down to it, it is my child. Sometimes I feel like I am sharing too much, but I am writing this for posterity. As mentioned before, I am feeling more and more protective of this little peanut as he grows. I am more protective of who I let touch my belly and what I want to say about him here and on Facebook. I am getting to the point where I do not want to share too much of him because he is mine. Does that make sense?
I will continue, however, to post my weekly updates and after he is born I will introduce you to him and hopefully write his birth story.