A woman from Queensland was left outraged and confused after discovering her neighbour was planning to have a ‘natural home birth’ on their shared apartment rooftop.
The woman found a note from the neighbour in the apartment lift which detailed her plans to give birth on Saturday November 11 from ‘1pm till late’.
After finding the note, the woman took to social media to ask whether she was ‘over-reacting’.
‘I’m about five seconds from flipping a desk and writing an angry email to our building manager,’ she wrote.
‘Like most city apartments we have a communal rooftop barbecue area,’ she wrote.
‘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.’
The note read: ‘Dear lovely neighbours, just wanting to inform you my partner and I have booked the rooftop for our natural home birth from approximately 1pm till late on the 10th of this month.
‘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.’
The woman who found the note wrote to the building manager and asked about the legalities of such a proposition.
The bylaws state that communal areas can be used so long as they ‘do not impede on the peace and recreational use of other residents’.
Most people who commented on the post were against the idea of a public home birth and felt as though it would disturb the general peace of the area.
‘Honestly in an environment like that it shouldn’t be encouraged. What if both the lifts fail? Does she think they’ll fly a helicopter in to get her out?’ one person said.
‘This is ridiculous! But also I would not be surprised if your very entitled neighbour is dead set on having a home birth on a communal rooftop,’ another added.
Others weren’t sure if this was merely a ‘prank’ given the woman couldn’t ‘possibly know’ when she would be having a natural birth.
‘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,’ someone explained,’ a person wrote.
The note has since been taken down from the lift and residents are unsure whether they have been pranked or if there really will be a birth taking place on their rooftop this Saturday.