From the article: Delivery Room Don'ts
When it comes to giving birth, you really need to focus and get support from those around you. But no one ever really lays out the rules of the delivery room for you. That means that if you're giving birth you might be subjected to all sorts of bad behavior. This might include eating in front of you when you're not allowed to eat, or eating something gross like garlic or onions. Perhaps someone has told a horrific joke, forgot to brush their teeth or otherwise exhibited rude behavior. Share Your Story
- I swear giving birth was just all around bad. My fiancee took the reins and helped me with everything since I was a mess. I went into labor early and lost my little man, but I found out how bad the hospital I was at was. I told them 3 separate times who my obgyn was and they never called them. (THEY WERE IN CONNECTION WITH THE HOSPITAL!) The nurses were horrible and it was bad. Needless to say I will be finding a new hospital.
- —Guest chelsey
Watch your step
- Another don't is don't be too eager to get out of the way. In doing so I bumped my wife's gas (her only pain meds) off and no one realized for over 20 minutes. The contractions just got really bad all of a sudden. By the time the mistake was realized it was time to push and the gas had to be taken away.
- —Guest Bumbling Dad
you don't need pain meds
- After giving birth to my daughter, my second child, i had natural labor, had second degree tearing, and then hemmorhaged. I was put on high doses of IV pitocin and oral meds to stop the bleeding. Needless to say, I was in a LOT of pain. At change of shift I asked my new nurse for some pain meds, as it had been almost 7 hours since I'd had any. She looked at me and said, " you don't need pain meds after a vaginal delivery." As she turned and left the room, I just layed in my bed completely stunned, and then cried until my husband came in. I told him what happened and he requested the midwife to come. She was shocked at the nurses response, and then got me my pain meds. That nurse was not allowed back in my room. That changed my mind about how wonderful I thought this hospital was!
- —Guest lyssab116
- When giving birth to my first I allowed my husband's mother to join us. We had no idea what we were doing so I figured she would be a big help. At first she was but then she started to take over everything. She sent dad out the room yelled at nurses and she, not my husband cut the cord. She went with my husband to watch them clean the baby, and she not my husband, my mother or myself was the first to hold the baby. It goes with out saying she is not invited this time.
- —Guest suki
Inappropriate Response from Nurses
- A dear friend of mine said that as she was being taken to the delivery room, she heard another woman screaming in labor. The two attending nurses were laughing. My friend was appalled and after giving birth to her baby, chose another hospital for her second child's birth. When I heard the story, it just reinforced my reasons for having a home birth.
- —Guest Lauren
"Big A*$ Baby"
- My OB is known for making less-than-cuth comments sometimes. I had discussed this with my nurses and doula during my 58 hour natural labor. So, when I was pushing my doc walked in to see the baby starting to crown. He proudly announced to the rest of the room "That's gonna be one big a*$ baby." (It wasn't too far from the truth - she was over 9 pounds.) Not exactly the kind of thing you see in a natural birth video!