Giving birth to your first child can be a terrifying experience at the best of times, so you need your most trusted and loved person in the room with you - usually your partner, family or very close friends.
So one woman's horrific tale of how her mother-in-law behaved during her labour has shocked the internet: she's revealed her partner's mum brought a near stranger into the delivery room.
TikTok user @paolalovesj, who goes by Paola online, has recently posted a series of videos documenting her life with her mother-in-law, whom she says is overbearing and often asks inappropriate questions about their marriage and finances.
But things really came to a head when the MIL brought a neighbour to the birth.
"We got married very young, we were 18 and I was pregnant," Paola revealed in one TikTok video.
"I'd met my mother-in-law a handful of times, and one of those times she introduced me to her neighbour. I never saw this lady again.
"Months later, I'm in labour. My mother-in-law shows up uninvited, and guess who she brings with her? The neighbour!"
"I was in labour and it was my first baby, so I was obviously terrified. My mum and husband were with me, and then here comes my mother-in-law with the neighbour. "
If that wasn't horrifying enough, Paola says the neighbour began "praying over me, giving me advice and telling me what to do, how to breathe and rubbing my legs. Again, I'd met this lady just one time before".
"I look at my mum like, 'What the f***?' but I was very new to married life and didn't want to create drama so I didn't say anything."
Paola called the experience "freakin' uncomfortable".
"That's the kind of shit my mother-in-law does."
The clips have been viewed over 20,000 times, with shocked commenters unable to believe the audacity of the MIL.
"Woah, the line crossing!" one woman wrote.
"Hell to the no," another wrote.
Others pointed out it was definitely up to Paola or her husband to express their discomfort, which Paola said was her biggest regret.
"My biggest regret is not saying anything, and the fact that my husband didn't say anything really pissed me off," she added.