“She’s not entitled to be in the room while I give birth just because she’s MY mom”: Woman Refuses to Let Her Mom Be Part of The Birth and Now They’re Not Speaking

A 20-year-old woman recently told her mother she didn’t want her to be in the delivery room when giving birth. The mom was furious and now doesn’t want to speak to her daughter. Here’s what the young woman had to say:

The Woman Is Pregnant

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Pregnant with her first child and only six weeks along, she was excited about having a baby, even though it was still early in the pregnancy. 

“Recently, I started planning my delivery (I know it’s still really early, but I’m just an overly excited first-time mom), and I knew that my labor/delivery plan did not involve having my mom in the room,” the woman said. 

She Had Always Been Private About Her Body

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She felt uncomfortable having her mother see her in such a vulnerable state.

Her mother, on the other hand, had a different perspective. 

Her Sister Was Ok with Having the Mom in The Delivery Room

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The young woman’s older sister had allowed their mother to be present during the births of her second and third children. However, when the older sister had her first child, she asked their mother to wait in the waiting room, which led to the mother feeling disrespected and leaving the hospital.

But She Didn’t Want Her Mom There

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The young woman gathered the courage to tell her 51-year-old mother that she was welcome to wait in the waiting room, but she did not want her in the delivery room. 

Her Mom Was Insulted

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Her mother responded by saying she just wouldn’t be there at all. When asked why she wanted to be in the room, the mother replied that her mom was in the room with her when she gave birth.

The Woman Didn’t Give In

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“I told her that’s not a good reason and that she’s not entitled to be in the room while I give birth just because she’s MY mom,” the woman said.

When asked again for a reason, the mother responded, “Because I want to.” The young woman replied, “I’m the person giving birth, so I think what I want is more important.”

The Mom Then Started Making Demands

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The mother then argued that if she couldn’t be in the room, the young woman’s best friend shouldn’t be allowed either, as a matter of fairness. 

However, the young woman felt that the relationship with her best friend was completely different. 

They had been friends for ten years, and she was comfortable discussing private matters and being seen naked by her. 

She Wanted This Experience to Be Just Right

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She understood her mother’s feelings but felt it was up to her to decide who she wanted in the delivery room, as it was a life-altering moment for her.

Her Mom Hasn’t Reached out Since

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Following this conversation, the young woman’s mother started giving her the silent treatment, which was especially difficult since she was staying at her mother’s house for a few weeks. 

This left her feeling uncomfortable in the one place where she was supposed to find comfort and support.

She Needed to Know if She Was Wrong

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The woman wasn’t sure if she was right to keep her mom out of the delivery room, so she turned to the internet asking for advice. 

She wondered if her decision to prioritize her own comfort and preferences was selfish or justified.

People Responded

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One user said, “NTA. Childbirth is NOT a spectator experience. The only people that need to be in the delivery room are the people you are comfortable with being in the room.”

Another person wrote, “NTA. Your delivery, your choice of who gets to support you. Let your mother be spiteful and stay home. It will affect no one but herself and her ability to meet her grandchild as soon as you would be ready for outside visitors.”

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