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Who will be in the room during labor?

It might seem like everyone in the hospital has come to watch you give birth, but rest assured that everyone who is present has a job to do!

After being in labor for what may feel like (or really is…) days, when it comes time to push and deliver your baby, you may look around and wonder, Who is everyone in this room?! You should decide well before labor who you want with you for labor support: some women want only their partners, while others see it as a family affair. The choice is yours, and you should not have anyone with you who is not supportive or who you don’t want to see you at your most vulnerable.

When it comes to clinical providers, there will be nurses present for you and your baby (this can range from one to a few, especially if your pregnancy or labor has been high-risk). Your obstetric provider (doctor or midwife) may not be there the whole time while you push, but he or she will be there for delivery. They may also bring along residents and medical students who are on their obstetrics rotations. You always have the choice to not have students or residents present, but keep in mind that these are our country’s future doctors! A pediatrician or pediatric nurse practitioner may also be present; while this is routine at some hospitals, others only have pediatric providers attend deliveries if there are concerns. Lastly, if your baby has a high likelihood of going to the NICU after delivery, the NICU team may need to be present as well. This may include a neonatologist, neonatal nurse practitioner, and/or a respiratory therapist. It makes the saying “It takes a village” take on a whole new definition, doesn’t it?

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  1. My partner and I had a hard time deciding what family members would be in the room when our son was born. She wanted it to be just the two of us, and I wanted my mom and sisters to be there. It turned out that my mom and one sister were in the room. I am glad that they were there to share that moment with us, and like Stephanie said, we really didn’t care who was there by delivery time!

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  2. I was worried during my last pregnancy because it seemed like I was seen my a new doctor every appointment and finally I asked when would I see the one I had picked again, I had picked a female OB. So I was told I was meeting everyone in case she was gone when I went into labor. During the last couple weeks I had her for every appointment and gladly she was there for delivery! Also I was introduced to alot of students, it seemed like I was giving a show lol they asked me if I wanted a mirror in front of me or see the placenta, but I said no thank you!

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  3. During pregnancy I was so concerned about whether my OB would be the one to deliver my daughter… But when the time came I really didn’t care whether it was him or a partner in the practice (it was the latter) or who was in the room! 🙂

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