Anew trend in the maternity war ward?
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|Wed, 08-06-2003 - 8:59am|
My sister gave birth to her second baby Monday morning (after a short, easy delivery). So I have a very cute new nephew, but that's beside the point.
My mom met them at the hospital before the delivery to pick up their older son, who is almost 3 so he could stay with her. My BIL stayed overnight in the room with my sister (remember, this is after giving birth), for the 2 nights following delivery that my sister stays in the hospital (she leaves this morning). I asked my sister why he was staying and she looked at me like "Well, of course he's staying, he's helping me". Helping her do what? What the 3 nurses and 2 doctors can't do? She said he went into watch the circumcision, watched the PKU, and basically is following the nurses around to watch everything. They had the baby in the room with them the first night, but since he awoke every half hour, they decided to let him stay in the nursery the second night.
Normally I'd say great, if that's what you want to do, fine, but I since found out that yesterday my mom had several appointments herself for tests at a different hospital, and in addition to being tired (hence the tests), she had to bring a 3 year old with her! Granted she had her SO with her, but still, we all know how much fun it is to drag a 3 year old to a hospital with you while you are getting tests and they have to be entertained, by my moms boyfriend, in the waiting room. I think my BIL should have just taken my nephew home, or kept him at the hospital if he couldn't leave for whatever reason, and slept at home. I don't see why he had to stay overnight at the hospital with my sister, especially the second night after birth.
Now I can see if it's the first baby, but why the need for dad to stay overnight and all day at the hospital? Is this a new trend, because when I gave birth 10 and 13 years ago, no dads roomed in with the moms after the birth. Just wondering if they are unusual or if everyone does this now.
Edited 8/6/2003 9:01:56 AM ET by islimshady
Edited 8/6/2003 9:04:15 AM ET by islimshady