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How would you feel if your neighbour wanted a home birth in your communal garden?

Plans for natural birth on the roof Getty
(Picture: Annette Birkenfeld/Getty)

Loads of buildings have communal spaces. Using them without bothering your neighbours can get awkward.

One apartment block’s shared rooftop, in Queensland, was ‘booked up’ by a resident in the building. Only, instead of having a party or a barbecue which the area is usually used for, a woman wanted to use it to give birth.

After seeing the family’s request to use the space for a whole day to accommodate the birth, a neighbour uploaded an image online of the note attached to the lift, warning residents about the day. She wasn’t happy with the whole thing.

‘Dear lovely neighbours, just wanting to inform you that my partner and I have booked the rooftop for our natural home birth from approximately 1pm till late on the 10th of this month,’ said the note, adding: ‘We will do our best to keep the noise levels down and will of course clean up after ourselves. Any issues please feel free to contact me.’

woman who has decided to have her home birth on a rooftop
(Picture: Facebook)

But the neighbour who was outraged at seeing the casual note stuck to the lift felt it wasn’t the kind of thing the space should be used for.

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‘I’m about five seconds from flipping a desk and writing an angry email to our building manager,’ she said.

‘Like most city apartments we have a communal rooftop barbecue area.’

‘You can’t “book” it as such but most people will leave notes in the lift and let the building manager know if they are using the space for a party.

‘But I think this is ridiculous.’

Plans for natural birth on the roof Getty
(Picture: Lauren Bates/Getty Images)

Other neighbours felt that a live birth may also disturb the peace and quiet of the building. The woman then checked the legislation surrounding public births in the building.

She found that the bylaws of the building state the area can be used as long as they ‘do not impede on the peace and recreational use of other residents’.

Some people commented on the woman’s post raising safety concerns, in case the lift broke down and the family needed to make a quick getaway to the hospital.

One person said the whole thing sounded like a prank. ‘I think someone is having you on, to be honest. Unless she’s being induced there’s no way to predict a natural birth to that degree. Sounds like a joke. And if not, is it really that bad? A bit icky and unhygienic and not particularly private though,’ they wrote.

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The note was then taken down, so we’ll never know if it was a prank or if the backlash made the mother-to-be change her mind.

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