When my son was born (July 1st this year) My husband was in the room as well as the nursery nurse (who stayed behind a wall and I couldn't even see her) my nurse, eventually my doctor (I had to hold my legs together to wait for him!) and another nurse that wasn't on duty. She had been there with me all day and was so impressed with my abilty to have gone through what I did, that she stayed to see the end result. Her shift ended at 7 and he was born at 8:31. I might also add, that her brother went to school with my hubby, but I didn't know her. =) She's a good friend now, though!
HUSBAND ONLY!!! Nobody was allowed in the room besides him if they didn't have a valid license to practice medicine on me... I just pray that my in-law's abide by these rules when I deliver my second child (trying to conceive!!) because we recently moved to the same city she lives in and the hospital is right down the street from our house... a hospital she birthed my husband in and several of her nieces/nephews... think she feels it's "her" territory and can get away with more... yeah she's like that =(
My husband, who was very encouraging by the way. I almost gave up until he said "I CAN SEE THE HEAD" lol. And my mother in law. I couldn't NOT let her in. My daughter is her first grandbaby. It was a very proud moment for her. I'm sure my father in law wanted in there, but I had to draw the line somewhere!
My husband and best friend were in the room. My best friend was mostly just suppose to be there for the end of it, to take pictures and video, but she ended up being in there all damn day. I was kinda glad she was there at first, because I thought maybe she would be more supportive than my husband (not that he's not supportive of me typically- this was just a totally unknown situation to me, ya know?) but my husband actually did an amazing job throughout the entire twelve hour labor! I regret having her in there now, because we're no longer as close as we were for the previous ten years, and my husband admitted he was very bothered by her being there afterwards. Next time I will only have my husband in the room, and I'm debating on inviting my mother in law as well, but that will ultimately be up to my husband.
It was supposed to be my husband and my mom but I ended up with a csection so just my husband. With this one if I'm lucky enough to go into labor before we have to do a csection it will be my mom and husband:)
My husband was in the room of course. And my mom happened to be in there when they decided to have me push laying on my side to get my stubborn son to turn his head face down, instead of to the left. It just felt right that she should stay in there, so we didn't ask her to leave.
She tells me weekly how grateful she is that she was allowed to be in the room when her first grandchild was born. And now I'm crying just thinking about it! Darn pregnancy hormones.
With this baby, we plan on it being just me and hubby.