Mom Gives Birth in Department Store - Hope She Wasn't Looking for Privacy

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baby footAlright moms, who is the worst person you could imagine being in the delivery room when you give birth? Your mother-in-law? Your FATHER-in-law? Hold that thought ... and imagine what it was like for a mom who gave birth in a Wal-Mart this week!

The poor woman went into labor around 8 p.m. at a Wal-Mart not far from where I live (I've exchanged my SodaStream canisters there many a time!). Someone called 911, but by the time paramedics made it up the busy multi-lane highway and into the shopping center, she'd already given birth. With the help of perfect strangers.

Can you imagine?

Your mother-in-law or (God forbid) your father-in-law might be a pain in the tuchas in the delivery room. But at least you've known them for more than 2 seconds! This woman was lying there trying to push a human being out of her hoo ha while regular old Wal-Mart shoppers were delivering her baby.

This woman didn't know anyone, and she really had no control over who was standing there. It's pretty unlikely she was even able to control what people saw.

The whole thing makes me cringe.

BUT, I'm going to put this out there right now: it should make moms who are worried about the lack of privacy while giving birth feel a little better. Not because you are counting on being in a nice hospital room with a door that closes, but because the fact is, when you're giving birth, who is around you doesn't matter.

I speak from experience: all you really want is to get this over with and meet your new baby, and at some point all the faces around you blur together. The only people I actually remember from my birth are my husband and my OB/GYN. I couldn't tell you how many nurses were in there, and if I ran into one of them on the street tomorrow, I probably wouldn't recognize them.

Is it worth putting down your foot about an annoying mother-in-law? Of course. This is your birth, and you have the right to call the shots. But if you're a private person terrified you will be thinking about all the people in the room while you're exposed, don't stress yourself out!

It will be OK! At least you won't be pushing while someone's buying their beer and chips a few hundred feet away. At least, here's hoping ...

Who will be in the delivery room when you give birth?


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jalaz77 jalaz77

Husband, doula, MW, RN and added my mom and 7y/o daughter this time. An OB if things go down, hopefully not. I am guessing students too, which is fine with me, I was once a student and we are a huge teaching hospital so it doesn't bother me. NO MIL, she one to say some of the dumbest crap and she stares, don't need that.

insei... inseineangel

I had my sister, OB, 2 nurses, and a surgeon (I had a c-section). My sister will always be there with me.

Robbin Hager Miles

I am a mother in law that was INVITED into the delivery room when my grandson was born,  my son AND wonderful daughter in law ASKED me to be there,   I felt that was the greatest gift I could ever imagine,  to witness the birth of my beautiful grandson,  my first and only grandhild,   words cant even begin to describe how I felt,    I was touched and honored that they WANTED me there and now,  7 1/2 yrs later,  I still get teary just thinking about that beautiful time and how special it was.  ♥    As for this story about the woman giving birth in Walmart,  instead of focusing on all the negative,  how about  being thankful that there were people that were kind enough to help,  that all went  okay and assuming that mother and child are doing fine??? 

Melissa Young

When i had my older daughter my husband didn't want to be there and watch so I had my mom and my best friend for support.  Although my husband refused to participate it was still very special because my friend still talks about the joy of seeing her God-daughter's birth.

First... FirstTimeMama21

haha. This article made me laugh. I just finished reading and watching Where the Heart Is.

nonmember avatar MamaD

When I had my 1st Child 7 yrs ago there where alot of people with me including my hubby,my Mom, my hubby's mom my older sister who had been thru child birth before and two nurses plus delivery doc. it was crazy and I would not change it one bit they all had different ways of helping me out... I hope for this lady that all went well and her and baby are doing well

nonmember avatar thurs

I would rather be alone- no baby daddy etc but if forced, I'd rather have strangers that I never had to see again around me.

headi... headingsouth13

my mom my dh and medical staff that is it. i in-laws can wait in the waiting room or their home i frankly dont care but they will not be near my room

katzc... katzcrazeekatz

You should focus on the positive folks who were there to offer her assistance and support. Pretty sure she was not worrying about the lack of privacy as her baby was crowning in the local Walmart. Bless all to those who assisted her and her newborn.

teddy... teddysmama09

Its true at the actual moment of brith you don't care if the entire neighborhood is there, but during labour and after the birth it is important to have only those who will make you truly happy and comfortable. And your DH/SO- he gets a free pass no matter how nerve wracking he is with his "just breath, it's just a contraction, we'll get through this."

When I had my daughter I was at home and drug free (meaning I was in a butt load of pain-litterally!) and I had no idea until after the baby was born that another midwife had been called in to assist at the last minute. She had run through my front door, threw on gloves and dove into the pool to safely deliver my daughter. I didn't know any of that until I was holding my baby and saw Susan standing there soaking wet and out of breath! Point being, when you're giving birth, especially without and epidural, you are absolutely blind to anything else around you and focused souly on removing the human being that is ripping through your pelvis.

I wonder if the baby will make it on the "People of Walmart" wesite.

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