How many people joined you in the delivery room for the birth of your child? According to a new survey, mums aged in their twenties or teens take an average of eight people into the birthing room with them, not including medical staff. It's even got a name: crowdbirthing.
My eyes literally watered when I read that. EIGHT PEOPLE? I can't think of eight people I'd have been comfortable to have waiting in the corridor outside the room when I was giving birth, never mind have them witness the deed in the very room itself.
In contrast, the survey found that women who are now in their sixties only had their partner present alongside a midwife when delivering their babies. Women now aged in their fifties had increased this figure to two people - their partner and their own mother.
"Mothers-in-law are now the most popular birthing supporter after the mum’s partner and mother, they survey suggests. One in 25 even chose their own father to be present in the delivery room."
Now call me old fashioned but I had absolutely no desire to have anyone else present during the birth of my babies other than their father. I have some truly wonderful in-laws, relatives and friends - many of whom came straight to the hospital to meet our babies within hours of each of their arrivals - but it didn't even occur to me to ask them to be in the delivery room to witness the deliveries.
It's not that I'm squeamish - far from it. But for me, giving birth was an intensely private moment that I wouldn't have wanted to share with anyone except my partner. We'd love to hear your views on this over on our Facebook page. How many people did you have in the delivery room when you were giving birth, and how did you decide who to invite into the delivery room with you?