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Couple Gives Birth In Hotel Room – On Purpose

Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 12.31.31 PMA couple who found themselves moving around the same time they were expecting the birth of their child opted for a different setting than a new home filled with boxes. They decided to give birth in a hotel instead.

Kristen and Pippen Kingsbury chose the luxury hotel, The Nines, in Portland, Oregon. Kristen labored for two hours in the corner suite they chose. It cost them $299. She told KOIN News, ”We walked in and I am telling you, I was like, ‘I am having this baby here.’ It was gorgeous.”

The birth happened two years ago, but the hotel just recently caught wind of it, thanks to a commemorative video the couple made and posted to YouTube called, Our Luxury Hotel Birth. The hotel is not pleased: “A representative from The Nines said they had no ideas anyone was delivering in one of their rooms. Had they known, the representative said they would not have allowed it.”

This story didn’t surprise me too much. I saw a midwife during my last pregnancy who only performed home births. When I told her I was staying with my family at the time who were not very supportive of the idea of a home birth, she suggested I rent a hotel room. I chuckled, thinking surely she was joking. She wasn’t.

I remember her mentioning that it was great because of the privacy and the fact that I wouldn’t have to worry about cleaning up. What? Was I supposed to leave a bloody birth-scene for a maid who would probably think someone was horrifically murdered? The midwife explained we could use things similar to doggy pee-pads and there wouldn’t be a big mess. We could also inflate a pool in the room and have a water birth.

Um, no.

While I whole-heartedly support home-births, this is definitely one of the areas in which I disagree with the natural birthing community. I’m not having a baby in a hotel. I guess I don’t really have a valid reason, other than yuck. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think that’s fair for the next hotel guest.

You can call me old-fashioned or squeamish. I’m okay with that.

(photo: YouTube)

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  • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

    Amen! That’s gross…. plus, remember that study where they hit the hotel room with the blacklight? They’re super germy without people giving birth. Hotels are for conception only :)

    • Blooming_Babies

      Lol conception only…. here here!

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      Haha – conception only! Good point.

    • Tinyfaeri

      Though now I have an idea of what happened on that mattress in the one bed and breakfast on Hotel Hell…

  • Andy

    How entitled do you have to be to leave your birth mess all over a hotel room? Seriously, that’s a whole we level of arrogance.

    • Andrea

      Amen. That strikes me as horribly selfish.

  • CrazyFor Kate

    Not even the mess, could you imagine the liability?

    • Jallun-Keatres

      Or the smell??

  • Andrea

    Yeah cuz that’s not disgusting or anything. Not to mention that hotel rooms are NOTORIOUSLY filthy. Everyone knows that.

    • Katia

      Exactly! we were lucky to have an excellent public hospital. But even an average hospital or home would be less germy than a hotel

      I can’t relate to anyone who thinks hospitals are a bad place to give birth though. I love having tons of highly educated people around along with high tech machines just in case. I feel it’s the best way to cover your bases

  • Shelly Lloyd

    I thought the whole thing about doing the home birth was to do it at home because you would feel more comfortable at home. If I had to have a baby outside of a medical facility it would be home, and not at a hotel. Even the nice hotels just seem so uncomfortable to me.

  • Cee

    Oh Portland.

    I saw the video and she seemed to alternate between a pool and the bed. The germs she must have spread *shudder* AND exposed her child to.

    As a person who already puts the hotel remote (the dirtiest item in hotel rooms)in a ziploc bag or wipes it with a sanitizer cloth, this has my germ senses tingling

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      I’ve seen hotels where I want to put myself in a ziplock.

    • Cee

      Hahahaha. You understand me!

    • Tinyfaeri

      Yay travel packs of Chlorox wipes!

    • Simone

      My partner often uses hotels when he travels away for work. One week the hotel he was staying in had a visiting prostitute in the next room, which is fine, she had clients there and probably did quite well. No biggie.
      The next time he stayed there, that was the room they allotted to my partner. He sanitised every damn part of that room before touching anything.
      BTW not denigrating prostitutes at all, don’t care, work in whatever sexual capacity you like it’s your body etc etc.

    • Cee

      One thing is to THINK about the things that went on in your room, another is to KNOW the things that went on.

  • Eden

    I have actually heard of this before. In our area people who live rural are know to get a room close to the hospital. I don’t know anyone who has ever done this.

  • Cliff

    The poor hotel maid!

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      I hope they left a big tip!

  • kay

    I stayed in a bed and breakfast once where the owners told us the story of the beautiful home birth that someone had staying there.
    I was so grateful when I found out it wasn’t the room we were staying in. We found a different place to stay the next time we were in that town.

    • Rachel

      Ew, ew, ew, ew. Just the fact that the owners were cool with it all probably implies a host of other hygiene problems….

  • jasdfgh

    Is it still a “home birth” if it isn’t at home?

  • Tinyfaeri

    On behalf of people who stay in hotel rooms everywhere, especially germaphobes like me, I thank you for not giving birth in a hotel room. Wonder of nature that it is, EW, EW, EW-y, EW-EW to giving birth in a hotel room. I hope they tipped housekeeping a whole freaking lot.

  • DatNanny

    Using a hotel to give birth doesn’t actually squick me. It probably should. Labor and birth doesn’t phase me in the first place, a hotel just seems as good a place as any. I’m picturing one of those big hotel tubs and it doesn’t seem too weird to me. Not the bed or a pool on the carpet… who the hell wants to be charged for those stains?

    Not cleaning up after yourself though? That would be fucking horrible and unacceptable. Since the hotel had no idea, I’m assuming this couple cleaned and disinfected everything themselves.

    I’m not encouraging it, and I don’t think it should be done, it’s so unfair and such a liability to the hotel, I just don’t think the idea is all that horrifying or weird or disgusting as most of the comments find it.

    I am wondering if anyone at the front desk thought it was strange to see a pregnant woman walk in, and a woman with a newborn walk out…

    • jsterling93

      I doubt they actually disinfected. They may not have left visible blood splatter but I doubt they actually used bleach to clean that room afterwards. Also usually people are not silent during birth. I don’t want to be staying in a luxury hotel and hear that.

  • Rachel

    It’s unbelievable how childishly self-involved people are.

  • G.S.

    Oh, I can see it now:

    “Housekee-OH, DEAR, GOD!! WHAT THE FUCK?! IT’S EVERYWHERE!! SOMEONE CALL 9-1-1!! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!”

    Because like everyone else, when I see a hotel room full of blood, my first thought isn’t so much, “beautiful, natural ‘home’ birth,” but instead something more along the lines of, “dead hooker.”

  • http://anniedeezy.tumblr.com/ Annie

    YOU KNOW
    WE’RE LIVING IN A SOCIETY HERE

  • Mariah Grove

    My husband and I have a midwife assisted homebirth planned for this January so I considered myself pretty “crunchy” but even I wouldn’t give birth in a hotel on purpose… NOT the same as being in your own home and just unsanitary.

  • Nina

    Forget unsanitary, I’d hate to be the businesswoman trying to get work done in the next room while this woman bellows and moans for two hours or the parents in the next room trying to get their own kids to take a nap while our wall-sharing neighbor screams out her little one. If I’m paying 300 dollars a night, I’m not paying for hours of birth screams…

  • Daisy

    As a former longtime hotel employee, I am horrified.

  • Roberta

    I am pretty sure that if she heard of the number of strippers and drugs were in the room the week before, she would have thought twice about her decision…