My husband and I are starting Bradley method childbirth ed classes very soon. Since this is our first time around, I'm super excited to learn about what lies ahead! We haven't developed a complete birth plan yet besides knowing we're doing things at home, using a birthing pool, and we'll be assisted by our midwife and her assistant and doula. One thing that we'll need to determine is if we'll allow anyone else to visit during the birthing process. I'm hoping our families respect our privacy because I'm thinking that I want it to be a completely private event and not even allow visitors until hours after the birth so we have that bonding time with our daughter. Heck, I'd like to prolong visitation until a day later, lol. Although, I do have a good girl friend that I have considered inviting over to give me extra support, and she has expressed she'd be honored to be there with me. Hopefully this isn't a slap in the face to my mom. I have yet to voice my opinion to her.
On the other side of the spectrum, I have a friend who is giving birth in a few weeks and has invited anyone and everyone who wants to come watch the birth! It's interesting hearing other sides and what thoughts are going into people's decisions.
How soon did any of you invite friends/family to visit you (during labor or no?) and your newborns, whether you gave birth at home, at a birthing center or a hospital? Reasons, thoughts, etc? Share it all!
Edited by birdhappy85 - 8/1/11 at 4:03am