In a perfect world, a pregnant person could give birth anywhere they wanted. Whether it's at home, the hospital, or the woods, the sky would be the proverbial limit. But we don't live in a perfect world, and many soon-to-be parents have to compromise when it comes to where and how they deliver. That's why it's important to be prepared for anything. So, what is it like in the delivery room? And what should a first-time mom expect? Romper reached out to eight moms and asked them to share their experiences so we could all get a better idea of what a labor and delivery room is actually like.
My first delivery room experience didn't exactly replicate what is often depicted on television shows or in movies. Because I went into preterm labor, everything happened much faster than expected. I remember feeling terrified and completely unsure of what was going to happen, and the large amount of people coming in and out of the delivery room definitely didn't help.
As a result, I do recall the room fitting a lot of people in it, and the same can be said years later when I delivered my son. I also remember feeling a bit unsettled by the amount of equipment in the room, and the generally sterile feel of the environment. I will admit, though, that while I wanted to experience a home birth, when I was pushing my kid into the world I could've cared less where I was or who was around. Everything around me simply faded away.
No two labor and delivery experiences are exactly the same, though, so here's what other first-time moms had to say about their delivery rooms: