You know all about sharing the labor and delivery experience with your husband. It’s also not novel that new moms—and parents, for that matter—jump at the very first opportunity to post new-baby photos on social media as soon as the anesthesia wears out. We all raise our thumbs up to sharing the pregnancy and childbirth experience with loved ones.
Since labor and delivery rooms got an upgrade to solo and fancier rooms that you can decorate to make you feel more at home, there's been a new trend that's been gaining popularity in the U.K. Crowd birthing, when moms let other people watch the delivery of their new baby, is the new birthing trend.
According to a survey by U.K. blogging site ChannelMum.com, it’s common for moms in their teens up to their twenties to have up to eight people or more present in the delivery room.
In an interview with The Telegraph, founder of Channel Mum Siobhan Freegard, said, "The younger generation is used to sharing every aspect of their lives, so why not birth? Many women feel it is their biggest achievement and so want to share the moment with all of those closest to them.” She admits, however, that crowd-birthing may not be suitable for all moms. However, she stresses that being part of a crowd birth is an honor and a privilege that helps family and friends become closer.
Some moms are willing to go even further than crowd birthing. Many now live-blog their birthing experience on social media. Kourtney Kardashian documented her birth for TV. In the survey, more than a quarter of the 2,000 mothers surveyed updated their social media throughout the entire experience.
Although most hospitals limit the number of persons inside a delivery room, in special birthing rooms, it’s usually up to the mom to ask family members to leave when the pushing starts to intensify. You have to keep in mind also that having less people in the room means lesser chaos, so the health professionals can do their job without obstructions or distractions.
The other downside that comes with the “crowd birthing” experience is the pressure—to give birth naturally or at least vaginally (who would want to witness a C-section?) and to look beautiful while pushing a baby into this world (some moms would even have a glam team present to make sure they look good in photos during or at least right after the delivery). Results of the survey also proved that as birthing becomes more of a social experience, more women refuse pain relief for fear of being judged, and some felt that giving birth via C-section made them feel like they failed at giving birth.
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What do you think of crowd birthing: Is it something you'd like to try?
Yes, definitely! I want nothing less than to share the miracle of childbirth.
No, thanks. I’m good with just my partner in the delivery room.