Some people describe childbirth as a marathon, and in some ways that's a totally accurate analogy. But it's also like one of those obstacle races, where you don't know what's going to happen, you get covered in fluids, and when you're done you definitely need a shower. So, when I made it across the finish line, all I wanted to do was meet my little one, snuggle, and have some damn privacy. Unfortunately, in my case, people had other plans. There are some things that are just cruel to do to a mom during the golden hour, you guys. Seriously, and unimaginably, cruel.
The first hour after birth can be a really magical, special time for you and your baby, but for some moms, including yours truly, the golden hour wasn't all that "golden." After your baby is born, and if all goes according to "plan" are there are no labor and delivery complications that require immediate medical attention, your needs are actually pretty simple. Once it was established that my baby and I were OK, all I really wanted was some privacy, some hard-earned baby snuggles, and something to eat. Instead, I was rushed, had visitors walk in when I was topless, vulnerable, and so not ready for company, and even had someone who shall not be named post a birth announcement on social media before the freaking epidural had even worn off.
There are some things you just shouldn't do to a new mom during the golden hour, my friends. Moms have worked 40 weeks (more or less) and countless, grueling, painful hours to experience the moment they hold their baby for the first time. Don't ruin it by doing the following things: