privacy and sharing during labor … and of course Kate Middleton

I so totally don’t care about the “royal baby” goings-on that have apparently taken over the interwebs today. (Somehow I never caught the celebrity bug in my youth, I guess?) But Kristen at Birthing Beautiful Ideas has taken the hubbub as a jumping-off point for a post that does interest me very much, on whether and how to tell people when you’re in labor.

You have a right to privacy and to a protected, safe-feeling, even sacred birthing and postpartum space, whatever that means to you: whether it involves thousands of folks on the internet rooting for you (as in Kristen’s last birth) or near-complete privacy until an hour or so after the baby had emerged (as in my last birth).

I didn’t get that during my first pregnancy and labor, and Eric and I ended up suffering a bit from not understanding what So Much Love and Interest might feel like if labor went long, given our personalities, even with our families behaving very well. So I can report from personal experience: sticking up for your true needs as a growing family may feel awkward and scary, but it’s totally worth it, and it’s the right thing to do!

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