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New Mom Furious After Mother-in-Law Sneaks Into Hospital Nursery And Holds Baby First

The Independent logo The Independent 10/12/2017 Sarah Young

© Provided by Independent Print Limited Giving birth can be seriously grueling, but for most new moms, the light at the end of the tunnel is the precious moment she gets to hold her newborn for the very first time. The skin-to-skin contact means babies can smell you, feel your heartbeat and increases levels of the feel-good hormone oxytocin. Imagine then, if that moment was taken from you.

In certain instances, skin-to-skin contact with the mother for an extended period isn’t possible – in which case, research shows dads can play a really important role too.

But, how would you feel if another family member stepped in without permission?

That’s exactly what happened to one woman who has taken to Mumsnet to share her story.

After a traumatic birth that ended in emergency C-section, the woman’s husband – understandably shaken – called his mom for support.

Working as a doctor for the same hospital the woman was delivering in, the mother-in-law was able to obtain access to the recovery area using her work access card, and let herself in without permission.

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“I wasn't asked if it was okay if she could be there, and because I was being stitched up [in the OR] still, she held my daughter before I even got to,” the furious mother wrote. ”I'm so angry and upset about this.”

Prior to labor, she had discussed how she didn’t want anyone to visit for at least 24 hours so they had a chance to bond as a family. Understandably then, the new mom was livid with both her husband and the hospital staff upon discovering the news that her mother-in-law got to hold her daughter before she did.

A topic that is bound to strike a chord with many a mom, people responded to the woman’s post agreeing that the mother-in-law was out of line.

“I'd be livid. What a violation,” one person said.

“You are completely justified in feeling violated and angry. You're also justified in feeling unsupported and let down by your husband,” another added.

Meanwhile, others rose to her defense claiming that the mother-in-law was simply doing her best to support her child.

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