|Apparently its the emotion. Having watched enough baby story and birth day I can say I have seen very few emotional births. Mommas rarely cry, laugh, anything. Its spooky - a life changing event and its like you were handed a package at the po. Watch a hb video and its so drastically different in that respect.
I actually birthed like an animal: quiet, with primal grunting. I cried when I finally heard my dd's squeaking (she didn't cry, just squeaks)... I broke down into hysterics of crazy-infatuation/hyper-exhaustion/ecstatic-first-meeting SOBS. And I didn't feel at all bad about it
As for eating, I ate dinner in labor, I chugged water in labor. I was starving and thirsty. I went into labor at my grandfather-in-law's wake... I didn't eat all day at the funeral home, and finally got the chance to at least grab a fruit salad and WOLFED it down. I needed fuel, screw the doctorss orders. They also gave me a hard time about water, and between my mother and dh berating the doc for being a chauvinist ass, I got my water.
I ALSO was given a hard time about birthing positions. I wanted to have my knees shoved up to my ears and my head practically shoved down to my crotch: it's what felt natural for me. My doc said I couldn't do this, I had to have my feet in stirrups, cuz it was easier for him to "catch" that way.... I swear I thought my mother was gonna put a glove over her boot and "catch" him in the genitals... she promptly then kicked him outta the room and "caught" haha...
Don't mess with my mommy!