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Mirror in the Delivery Room

You Know You're a Mother When: Mirror in the Delivery Room

Some things are best left unseen. For me, it was certain angles of my children's births. During my deliveries, the nurses asked if I wanted a mirror positioned so I could watch my wee ones enter the world. Aside from concentrating on pushing, I didn't think I could stomach seeing what was going on below. So I opted out and simply enjoyed the experience from where I was lying. Many women choose to view, did you?

MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
lol, i know what you mean by all the nurses in the hospital.. on top of at least 7 nurses, there were also several nursing students.. one of them said, omg.. it just keeps going back in!
Greggie Greggie 8 years
That should've been "or awesome to have not done it." *lol* Can we get an edit key for Christmas?
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I don't think it's awesome to have done it or awesome to have done it. I think it's just awesome to know what suits you and what will work best for your situation. Knowing stuff like that, I find admirable.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 8 years
YES.. and I LOVED it!! Like PP said, it was such a huge motivator, I could watch my pushing have an effect, and it was so completely amazing to watch her crown. I reached down and touched her head while I was waiting on the next contraction. Super cool. (Midwife giggled at her curls and twirled one, too, haha.) I saw a birth from that end when I was like 12 or so, and it completely freaked me out. I would NOT watch another one, or let me husband see one, or watch mine. But watching it happen for myself ON ME and my child was so awe-inspiring. I definitely want it for my next one, too. It really gives you a new appreciation for what your body does during labor and delivery.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I had a mirror but only looked in it when she crowned. Other than that I was closing my eyes to push.
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
My doctor had a clear helmet thing on and I could see them in that both times. I would've liked a mirror though. I think it would've been motivating.
shoogerbooger shoogerbooger 8 years
I think all of the women who used a mirror are awesome. I wish I had the courage to look! I am such a baby when it comes to pain. I think seeing what was going on would have freaked me out even more!
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 8 years
Some things are best left unseen. That sums it up for me! :scared:
BlairBear BlairBear 8 years
I had a mirror with all 3 of my kids and let me tell you, it was my biggest motivator. Everytime I pushed and saw them come out just a little bit more, it was amazing to see results from all of my hard work. I didn't think it was gross or disgusting, just a miracle that their big heads could come out of something that was so small. The mirror was the best for me.
dstorm dstorm 8 years
I'm so surprised that no one found it helpful. The mirror was amazing to me! It really helped me focus the pushing and feel like I was actually making progress. Yes it was gross, but geez after 9 months of being poked and prodded and looked at and then 13 hours of labor I honestly didn't care at all. I had them take it away before they did the episiotomy. That was something I did NOT need to see.
luckyme luckyme 8 years
Not for me. Like Ladolcevita, they also had me touch her head, I guess for motivational reasons. I felt like I didn't need much more reason to get her out, 2 hours of strenuous labor was enough for me...I just wanted her out!
lilbrown lilbrown 8 years
When I was in labor with my daughter, tons of nurses from all over the hospital (it seems like) came in to watch. I mean I know there should be some in the room but these were nurses that I didn't see the whole time I was in the room. So I demanded a mirror so that I could see what everyone else was looking at! Yea it was nasty but, I couldn't just let everyone else look at my sh!t and no one offered me to look.
anniekim anniekim 8 years
no, thanks.
bluebird bluebird 9 years
One of my friends just had a baby on Tuesday, and when they said she had to have an emergency C-section because he breeched, I looked it up on Baby Center... Let me tell you, it's not pretty. I don't have any kids yet, but bringing them into the world out of my body seems like it's going to be painful no matter how it happens.
apma apma 9 years
I declined. I didn't want to try and touch her head either. And when they rushed me to have an emergency c-section, I didn't watch that either. I'm pretty squeamish and just didn't want to see it.
KadBunny KadBunny 9 years
Oh my god. I had no idea there was even that option.. giving life is beautiful and all but honestly, blood and guts NO
aka-Daria aka-Daria 9 years
i have no baby friends...and i don't plan on having ANYTIME..soon, but ewwwwww, screw that...i can handle seeing gore in horror movies...not so much when a baby friend is coming outta my bagina.
Mel475 Mel475 9 years
They offered me a mirror as well but I declined. Between not really wanting to see what was happening and trying to concentrate on the pushing, it didn't interest me in the least. I also touched my son's head while he was crowning - that was enough for me!
psychobabble psychobabble 9 years
No kids for me yet, but I am horrified by the idea of a mirror! I've seen a vaginal delivery and that is not something I want to see again!
MissSushi MissSushi 9 years
They offered me a mirror and i declined it. there is absolutely no way I want to see myself stretched, ripping, and distorted.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
No thank you.....
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 9 years
Ya know what? They didn't offer me a mirror, but I would have liked to see what was going on! My hubby thinks I'm nuts because he saw it and said it was not pretty. I felt her head though when she was crowning. :)
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
There are some things best left to the imagination. This is one of those things.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
had the mirror briefly for #2 until i started having uncontrolled bleeding and they took it away. my doctor wore glasses and i remember seeing each of them in the reflection of that. now that i think about it that must have seemed like i was staring right at him, lol. still remember the reflection :)
Greggie Greggie 9 years
My daughter was the first I even saw still covered in gunk. I thought I'd be grossed out but I wasn't. I don't ever want to witness a vaginal delivery from that end, though. Speaking of gunk, that picture has one clean newborn.
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