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Old 09-02-2017, 02:46 PM   #31
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Re: How many people attended your birth? How do I say no?

I kept everyone away from the hospital - it was just me and my husband. Anyone who wants that badly to be in the room must care enough about you to respect your wishes if you don't want them there

Have everyone come visit when you arrive home - much more manageable and they'll likely bring food, which is a huge help.

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Old 09-10-2017, 10:26 AM   #32
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Re: How many people attended your birth? How do I say no?

I understand your choice. However, I don't know how to say no if I were you. Maybe your husband can inform everyone that you want the moment to be intimate.
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Old 09-10-2017, 10:47 AM   #33
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Throughout my pregnancy I was somewhat uncomfortable with how public pregnancy makes your private life. Everyone wants to know everything. I even had a male co-worker give me pump advice (ahh don't say breast to me at work!). I was probably more private than most.
Looking back now though, I am glad I got to spend those last few hours alone with my husband before becoming a family of three. They were our last moments where "we" just meant the two of us and I really cherish them. If you have the birth with just the people you want there, you'll cherish it too. Speak up about your wishes. I don't think you'll regret it regardless of who you may offend!
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Old 09-15-2017, 09:32 PM   #34
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Throughout my pregnancy I was somewhat uncomfortable with how public pregnancy makes your private life. Everyone wants to know everything. I even had a male co-worker give me pump advice (ahh don't say breast to me at work!). I was probably more private than most.
Looking back now though, I am glad I got to spend those last few hours alone with my husband before becoming a family of three. They were our last moments where "we" just meant the two of us and I really cherish them. If you have the birth with just the people you want there, you'll cherish it too. Speak up about your wishes. I don't think you'll regret it regardless of who you may offend!
This is so true. The woman should have the say on how the pregnancy goes. She should pick the people to be there. Her demands should be catered to. Besides, she's making a great sacrifice.

I love intimate moments, and pregnancy is one of them. I myself wants to take part in the pregnancy of people I know. However, I am mature enough to understand the need for privacy.

More power to the women who sacrifice 9 months of their loves. You are appreciated.
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