delivery roomHer Bad Mother's Catherine Connors isn't the first woman to badmouth her mother-in-law. She's just gotten a lot of attention for doing it on a blog post.

But her tale of her mother-in-law picking on the looks of her baby made me feel for all those pregnant ladies with monsters-in-law out there.

The last thing you need after pushing a watermelon out of a clementine-sized hole is someone telling you that beautiful bundle has a pointy nose.

So take heart ladies, there are ways to keep her away from the delivery room.

1. Talk to the Nurses. They are your first line of defense. They'll be willing to go to bat for you so you don't have to piss off Granny by telling her it's hospital policy that women with brown eyes can't come into the delivery room wearing green shirts on Fridays. Basically, they don't want the stress of her kvetching either.

2. Work the Childcare Angle. If this is pregnancy number 2 or later, tell Granny she's the most important person of the day -- for her other grandchild. It will keep her at bay at least as long as the hospital holds true to its no one under 18 allowed in the delivery room rule.

3. Don't Call Her. Let's face it, getting the word out about your labor is up to you and your partner. Do you want to apologize later or try to push with her face thisclose to your vag?

4. Play Up Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding advocates encourage placing a baby skin-to-skin with mom immediately after birth and keeping the visitors away for the first several hours after birth so mom and baby can practice. Tell her plainly she won't be allowed to see baby for several hours after the birth anyway; she needn't show up until she's called.

Is your mother-in-law coming into the room?

 

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