Just curious (again!): how do you feel about people visiting L&D and your newborn?
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|Mon, 06-27-2011 - 6:06am|
When I had DD, the only person in the delivery room besides the midwife was DH. It was great - I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. My labor started at night and was fast (5 hours) so we didn't end up calling our parents to announce the birth until about an hour after she was born. I was only in the hospital for a day and my parents and MIL lived a couple of hours away, so the only visitor we had was my SIL. That was nice - she actually told us about her own pregnancy while she was holding my newborn! Even though I'm hoping for a homebirth this time, it's unlikely we'll get away with not calling until the baby is here as we're planning on having my MIL watch DD. She'll watch her at SILs house though - even though I like my MIL there is no way I want her anywhere near me while I'm in active labor! The only person I'll want with me apart from the midwife is DH
With DD, once we were home from the hospital, my Mum came to stay for a while which was great (personally, I have never needed my mother more than when I had my own baby). And the day after my Dad, plus my brothers and my MIL and FIL came over. That was a little much all at once. This time, I'm thinking about trying to hold my MIL off for a day or two - but I don't know if my DH will go for that. I know he'll want to introduce this LO to his family as soon as possible.
I do personally quite like the idea of limiting visitors but I think that it would likely cause too many hurt feelings for it to be a viable option for us. Plus, both my parents are MIL are fairly sensitive and wouldn't stay for hours.
So, what do you all think about visitors?