Everyone knows about those well-meaning-but-ultimately-intrusive family members, worming their way into the delivery room to witness the miracle of birth. As a result, you don't have to look far for advice on how to prevent this from happening, and how to deal with it swiftly if it does. However, no one really talks about how to handle unwanted visitors in the recovery room and, honestly, it's kind of a free-for-all. That's why it's helpful to know some ways to kick someone out of your postpartum recovery room.
When I had my daughter, my husband and I stayed in the delivery room alone with her (minus medical staff coming and going, per usual and as needed). My father-in-law did pop in for a brief visit (he happened to be in town and surprised us), but he was super respectful in that he admired the baby, said congratulations, and hightailed it out of there. After a few hours, the three of us were transferred to a recovery room where we could receive visitors.
To be clear, dear reader and brand new (or soon-to-be brand new) mom, this is about you. Birth is hard enough as it is, so you deserve to have the experience you want (to the extent safety makes that possible), and that includes everything that happens postpartum. You don't cease to exist the moment your baby is in the world, so don't feel bad telling an unwanted guest to hit the road.