Mom Called Out For Making Wheelchair User Wait For Handicapped Stall While She Changed Baby.
In recent years, moms have frequently discussed public accessibility for parents and the care of their children. In this story a mom was chastised for changing her baby’s clothes in a disabled stall after making a massive mess However, because the only changing station was located in that stall, she felt she had no option but to use it. Read the story to know what occurred with her while using the only changing station and let us know how you would handle the situation.
For some context, I’m a first time mom to a 6 month old and am the first person in my friend group or family (older adoptee) to have a baby.
While out with my mom and a close friend, I had an incident with my baby where she unexpectedly got sick and had a major blowout from both ends on both of us. I rushed us into the bathroom.
Unfortunately, the baby changing station in that restaurant was inside the handicapped stall, where there was also a sink. I got to work getting the table ready and cleaning us both up, but it was obviously going to take a while.
I changed the baby. Even though I had spare clothes, I needed to at least rinse off our clothes before putting them in the bag and walking around in public with it. While I was still not dressed, I could hear talking and then shouting outside the stall. A wheelchair user was demanding to have access to the stall. I asked her to please wait and understand that this was the only place I was allowed to deal with my child and I was having an emergency, which turned into an entire screaming session and multiple people banging on the door. I finished up because I couldn’t just walk out of there with no clothes on, and by the time I did, the woman was gone and I was just faced with my mother and friend.
They’re now angry with me because they think I humiliated that woman and them and never had the right to be in that stall even though the station was there and I had a child emergency. I don’t agree. I don’t think they understand what it’s like to have to deal with a situation like that, and I don’t think that stall is even just the handicapped stall anymore. Once you put the diaper changing station in there, it becomes the family stall as well. Also, did they expect me to walk out of there naked and somehow clear out everything that had to be out while I was cleaning up instantly? Am I a Jerk in this situation?
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