By the time a new mom makes it to a delivery room, a lot of different things can be running through her head. After all, there are so many things to think about at once and yet there’s a huge task ahead: delivering a baby.
Luckily, moms know that they have plenty of time to prepare and make sure that they have everything they need before that first contraction hits. Believe it or not, moms can take a tour of the hospital, they can request to switch to a different team of nurses, and even have a professional photoshoot done before a parent is discharged to go home with their baby.
With that said, here are 20 surprising things that moms can do while in the delivery room. Check out our list below!
20 Make Last-Minute Phone Calls
You can’t really predict when you will give birth or how it will all go even though doctors do give moms a good idea of what to expect. In case your partner is rushing to make it to the birth on time or one of the grandparents aren’t there, don’t stress. It might not be the most convenient time but you are allowed to make a last-minute phone call to your loved ones.
19 You Can Have Food Delivered After The Birth: Uber Eats!
In other words, you can have Uber Eats delivered right to your delivery room, should your hospital allow it. If not, you can definitely have a loved one or a family member grab you a meal that won’t come from the downstairs hospital cafeteria. You just had a baby and if you feel like having a big bowl of pasta with a side of calorific breadsticks from the Olive Garden, then, by all means, go for it.
18 You Can Ask Your Nurse To Tidy Things Up
Try to use the best common sense as far as what is needed, what is required and what is just plain ridiculous. But you can ask your nurse to tidy things up if it’s needed. They won't pass judgment. In fact, they are there to do their job and make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible for you.
17 You Can Ask For An Upgrade (If It’s Available)
Just like on a flight on Los Angeles to New York City, you can ask for an upgrade to a better suite if it’s available. If you are looking to have a first class experience while giving birth than ask for that better room, that more comfortable bed or that extra pillow. After all, it never hurts to ask or find out what options are available for you, right.
16 A Professional Hair And Makeup Routine
You can go ahead and pass judgment all that you want but yes, there are plenty of moms out there who want to look picture perfect even after they give birth to their baby. That means they will make sure that their hair and makeup are on point before that final push. After all, it’s a photo that they will cherish for many years to come.
15 Have A Photoshoot With A Professional Photographer
In case those selfie snaps on your smartphone don’t work out for you, don’t worry. You are allowed to have a professional photographer come to your room to do a photoshoot of you and your newborn together. Hey, this is a moment that you want to remember for the rest of your life, especially since there are no retakes. Once the baby is out, he or she is out!
14 You Can Schedule A Tour Before Your Due Date
A lot of new parents get nervous many weeks before their due date. And while feeling anxious is very common, it will be okay! If it helps to ease your fears a little bit, you can schedule a tour before your due date. The staff at the maternity ward will also be there to answer any questions you may have. And we are sure there will be plenty, too!
13 You Can Catch Up On All Of Your Netflix Shows
Yep, we are not making this up: if watching your favorite shows helps to relax you, then by all means, go for it, mama! Okay, we get that it’s not a hotel room and that you are not on vacation, but no one is going to pass judgment on you if you re-watch the last season of Game of Thrones before giving birth.
12 You Can Create Your Own Playlist
For those who need music to relax, you can create your own playlist and have it played while you are in the middle of those contractions. Sure, this might sound like a move that Mariah Carey would make but it’s not uncommon at all. If you are looking to rock out to Def Leppard, have at it, mama.
11 You Can Switch Doctors
While this is not recommended by many health professionals and really not suggested by hospital personnel, you can request to switch doctors if you are feeling very uncomfortable with the one you have for some reason. However, know what the implications are. Another doctor won’t always be available and you might be dealing with someone that doesn’t know your history.
10 ...You Can Also Request A New Team Of Nurses
While requesting another doctor is generally frowned upon, you can request to have a new nurse assigned to you, should you find a reason to not work with the one that has been given to you. And yes, this is a little more common. You don’t want to have a nurse that is barking orders, leaving on prolonged lunch breaks, or not tending to your specific or personal needs.
9 You Can Kick People Out (If It Gets Too Crowded)
A lot of people want either their partner (which is usually a given), their mother or even their best friend. But should it get a little too crowded in the delivery room, feel free to kick everyone out if need be. Just try not to yell or shout too loud about it (or be rude). The father-to-be and grandparents-to-be have feelings too, you know.
8 You Can Choose To Room In Or Rest Up
Here’s something else that a lot of moms were unaware of: you can choose to room in or you can rest up. You shouldn’t feel pressured to leave the delivery room to another room in the maternity ward if you are not ready to do so. Plus, things can get pretty awkward if you have to room in with another mama who just gave birth, too.
7 You Can Request Extra Pillows Or A Different Bed
Sure, there are a lot of mothers out there that have it easy. Some give birth in under 45 minutes (we will call them Wonder Women) while for others, it might take anywhere from eight to 11 (and in some cases, 17) hours (these are our mama warriors, mind you). Make sure that you get all of your requests out of the way before things start to rock and roll. If you need an extra pillow, ask.
6 You Can Dim The Lights If It Makes You Feel More Comfortable
While turning off the lights completely isn’t a viable option (after all the doctor does need to see what the heck is going on down there in the birth canal), you can request to dim the lights if you feel as though your room may be too bright. It’s all about getting the setting and the mood right. Just remember that there will be your doctor and a team of nurses that need to work with the lights on.
5 You Can Request Everyone To Turn Off The Phones If It’s A Distraction
You don’t want everyone’s phones buzzing, beeping, ringing, and going off with phone notifications while you are trying to push a baby out of your most private and sacred you-know-what. Plus, it should be common courtesy for your friends and loved ones to either silence or turn off their phones while they are in the delivery room with you.
4 You Can Take A Shower After All Is Said And Done
In many cases, it might take weeks before a mama feels like her old self again. But if a good, warm shower will help you get to your road of recovery a little faster, hop in. Just don’t forget your shampoo, conditioner, bathrobe, and all of the toiletries or amenities you normally have at home.
3 You Can Wear Jewelry (But Shouldn’t)
While you are technically allowed to wear jewelry while you are giving birth, it’s not always recommended. There’s always the possibility that something might get stuck, out of place or even lost. You don’t want to wear your late grandmother’s pearl drops in case something might happen to them and you lose them. Heck, you may even forget them altogether!
2 You Can And Should Be Your Own Advocate
Last but not least, you can also expect to be treated like to queen that you are. Actually, let’s rephrase that: you should be treated like a queen. Also, you should most definitely be your own advocate. It will be the most rewarding and if not also the most challenging job you will ever have in your life. You’ve got this, mama.
1 You Can Bring Books, Magazines, Card Games And Anything Else To Pass The Time
While some moms like to color or read others like to play video games on the Nintendo Switch. In other words, do whatever your heart desires. Just make sure you bring your charger or an extra set of batteries or a good book to read. You are a fierce, incredible and one-of-a-kind woman who is about to make a miracle happen!
Source: Café Mom, WebMD, Scary Mommy, Mom.me, Moms.com