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post #141 of 332
I'm reminded of this:


Are You a Good Candidate for A Hospital Birth?
By Gloria Lemay, Vancouver, British Columbia

Must not be scared of needles. Must not be claustrophobic or uncomfortable in confined spaces. Must be able to go for long periods of time without eating or drinking. Must be happy to share a bathroom with others. Must enjoy sleeping on a mattress covered with plastic. Must not have a rebellious or questioning nature. Must accept the possibility of contracting antibiotic-resistant infections. Must be confident with caregivers who are overtired and overworked. Must realize that a limited amount of time can be spent in a hospital room before it is needed for the next patient. Must like and trust electronic equipment. Must be comfortable with cesarean rate of 30%. Must accept that the mood of the nurse on duty will be a large determinant of the birth outcome. Must realize that they will be delivered by someone they have never met before. Must realize that the written birth plan will be ignored. Must be willing to have florescent lights turned on at all hours. Must be capable of birthing without making loud noises. Must look good in a flimsy blue gown that is open up the back. Must be willing to be a teaching subject for student doctors who are learning to do pelvic exams and suturing. Gloria Lemay is a Private Birth Attendant inVancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
post #142 of 332
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Originally Posted by *Amy* View Post
So do you have any labor projects in mind for when the big day actually arrives? I'm trying to think of something...
Like making a groaning cake?
http://www.thebirthhouse.com/recipes.htm
post #143 of 332
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Originally Posted by dawncayden View Post
Must look good in a flimsy blue gown that is open up the back.
okay, here is the one thing I wouldn't mind- something I honestly couldn't care less about bleeding, pooping, barfing, and gushing all over. I keep thinking, hmm, what piece of total crap clothes will I wear during labor if I don't want to be naked?? (like I was at a lot of the 4 hours I was laboring at the birth center last time... oh well, I think I was wearing just a bra for part of it? honestly I can't even remember). I'd kind of like to have a robe or something-- but to get something that is plain, lightweight cotton is not cheap at all! I *hate* slippery/slimy fabrics. When I was at the BC I wore the gown with the opening in the front-during part of labor and right afterwards- easy to nurse, and I didn't care if I bled on it etc.

I have 2 nursing bras "leftover" from before, plus I'll get at least 2 soft "sleeping" bras so I should be okay with having some nursing bras to wear (I've got big breasts, so going totally nude is likely to be uncomfortable). I'll also look a little harder for nursing "pjs" or something to wear afterwards (though I just was never satisfied with any of the nursing clothes I tried last time and it ended up being a waste of money b/c I just wore normal clothes after all).

I'm not quite sure what to do about it, and we live on a *very* modest income (taking ALL our extra cash to pay for the HB itself), so I can't just go out and get myself a whole bunch of "labor dresses" and $60 nursing nightie "sets" with sweet little floral designs and all that to bleed all over and throw away...

What are your plans for clothes during and immediately after labor? Maybe I should just look for some cheap gigantic black ribbed tank tops or something?
post #144 of 332
I know I want to have my hair in loose braids for my labour.
Last time I was naked during labour and I can't imagine wearing clothes this time...they just felt so scratchy...and I spent so much time in the pool or shower, it just made sense to be without clothes.

In your case I'd probably go to the thrift store and buy a XXL cotton t-shirt for labouring.
post #145 of 332
I've been thinking about that and wouldn't mind having a nice cotton nightie, but I was naked for most of my labor last time and it was the only way I was even remotely comfortable.

That's a good idea about going to the thrift store, though, Dawn.
post #146 of 332
I was naked for my labor. I never would have thought I'd want to be but there I was and that's what I did. Though, when I vomited (two or three times, earlier on), it didn't get on my clothes, and I didn't poop on myself.
post #147 of 332
Thats a good idea. I'm going to stop in a thrift store and just get some big, cheapie shirt. I was naked during my labor mostly too- but then I was thinking, what if I *don't* want to be, yk? This way I won't care one way or the other about my clothing option. And yeah, I'll have a tub so it might all be sort of a moot point!
post #148 of 332
Bumping this back up.

I had my pre birth get together last week at 35 weeks. I'm eager for this month to go by quickly and have this baby. My sister, who also happens to be my best friend and a doula, is coming into town at the end of the month for the birth and I can't wait for her to be here. I am hoping this little one waits to come until then. I have most all of my birth supplies but need to order a pool liner today and I am waiting on some supplements in the mail. I am feeling ready for this. I had a really good birth last time but had bleeding afterwards last time and a really rough patch after the birth that I am hoping to avoid this time. This is really the only thing that I am nervous about. I not nervous about the laboring or delivery but I would love not to have to feel so terrible again after the birth. I did bounce back pretty quickly from this but being half passed out on my bathroom floor for almost an hour was miserable.

Is everyone else feeling ready?
post #149 of 332
I love this. The thought of birthing in the hospital unless there was a legitimate medical reason to makes my palms sweat.

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Originally Posted by dawncayden View Post
I'm reminded of this:


Are You a Good Candidate for A Hospital Birth?
By Gloria Lemay, Vancouver, British Columbia

Must not be scared of needles. Must not be claustrophobic or uncomfortable in confined spaces. Must be able to go for long periods of time without eating or drinking. Must be happy to share a bathroom with others. Must enjoy sleeping on a mattress covered with plastic. Must not have a rebellious or questioning nature. Must accept the possibility of contracting antibiotic-resistant infections. Must be confident with caregivers who are overtired and overworked. Must realize that a limited amount of time can be spent in a hospital room before it is needed for the next patient. Must like and trust electronic equipment. Must be comfortable with cesarean rate of 30%. Must accept that the mood of the nurse on duty will be a large determinant of the birth outcome. Must realize that they will be delivered by someone they have never met before. Must realize that the written birth plan will be ignored. Must be willing to have florescent lights turned on at all hours. Must be capable of birthing without making loud noises. Must look good in a flimsy blue gown that is open up the back. Must be willing to be a teaching subject for student doctors who are learning to do pelvic exams and suturing. Gloria Lemay is a Private Birth Attendant inVancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
post #150 of 332
I just finally got around to order my birth kit over the weekend. I've had the important supply for weeks now, the pool, I just had to kick myself in the butt to order the rest.
post #151 of 332
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Originally Posted by emmaegbert View Post

What are your plans for clothes during and immediately after labor? Maybe I should just look for some cheap gigantic black ribbed tank tops or something?
Do you have a good thrift store nearby? Some actually have a maternity section and a Pjs section. Maybe you could find something there or look in the mens XL section for something big and loose.

Whoops, didnt read the other responses! I didnt get one drop of poop or blood on me last time, I labored in a big dress and wore a cloth pad for the leakage.
post #152 of 332
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Originally Posted by Jude-a-buddies-mom View Post
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Is everyone else feeling ready?
I go back and forth about feeling ready. But I am not ready, I still have to finish the diaper covers(waiting for the sewing machine power cord that I ordered to get here), have to wash the diapers 3 more times, get a video monitor (didn't have for DS, but thinking to use one, since I am going to have to split my time between the two of them) and finish the reorganizing/simplifying of the apt. Geez that sounds like a lot and here I am on this computer, with the laundry looking at me to be folded...sigh.
post #153 of 332
We're lining the horse trough tonight! He PROMISED! We've got everything we need to do it... and I'll be 37 weeks next Tues, so it's time. And I'll take it for a test run this weekend. Fun!

But I'm really not ready. Stay-in-there-baby, at least for another few weeks. I have to catch up work stuff (allllmost there), find the baby monitor (I have one, dangit, somewhere downstairs, and I refuse to get another one from Ebay when I KNOW I have one!) and lanolize my wool covers. I think I've got everything for the birth kit now, even all the stuff I'm sure we won't use.

Funny, how MW's always require something different. I still have a big thing of Phisoderm left over from my third birth. What in the heck was that for!? I don't even know. We never opened it! This time it's a 4oz bottle of unopened olive oil. I bought extra virgin because I'm sure we won't open it during labor. I have no second stage anymore. My water breaks, and whoops, baby's here!
post #154 of 332
I got my birth kit in the mail last week and got most of the stuff on my MW's list over the weekend. Except a bottle of 91% alcohol, or grain alcohol (which, apparently, has nothting to do with rubbing alcohol) so I have no idea what that's all about! My MW is coming to do the home visit on Wednesday so I'll see if there is anything else I need to get.

I'm still waiting on a friend to get her birth tub out of her garage for us to borrow, but have one of those aquarium pumps from another friend, which is supposed to help keep the tub water warm or something.

I'm going to try to make it to a consigment sale on Friday to pick up some more hats and sleepers for the babe, but otherwise we're pretty well stocked up. It would be good to have a nightgown or something for before and after labor but I haven't put a lot of energy into that.

As far as being ready, I am definitely getting close. My due date is one month from tomorrow and I'd really like to believe that within 30 days, the baby will be here...but I know it really could be another six weeks. I'm trying hard not to get my hopes up about having him before or on his due date since Brynn was 8 days post-due. But yeah, I'm getting kind of over this whole pregnancy thing!!
post #155 of 332
I need a couple of supplies still, but have been waiting until I'm close to 37 weeks, which is the "cut-off" for a homebirth here. I'm feeling pretty sure that baby will not be born early, but I'm also on increased rest for all of these contractions.

I actually asked for the supply list from my midwife last week, so that counts as progress, right?
post #156 of 332
I'm pretty ready. The house could be cleaner, but the essentials are pretty much done. I do have to get a few more things for the birthing kit. I'm a bad patient and didn't order the one my m/w's put together on some site. I'm too cheap. Oh, well. I still need 2 cord clamps, a lancelet (sp?) and some chux pads. I'm thinking my local pharmacy can help me out. I'm hoping they'll order stuff they might not carry. Wait, wait, wait! I'll call my aunt who's a nurse for the cord clamps and lancelet!

The diapers and baby clothes are clean and I picked up a diaper pail yesterday. So, those are the "essentials"
post #157 of 332
It's great that you're all so prepared. I'm still collecting the stuff for the birth, trying to muster up the will to dig out the baby clothes and go through them, and feeling anxious, tired, and overwhelmed in between. I think DH has done WAY more nesting than I have
post #158 of 332
we still have a few things to gather but we're mostly ready. We have our homevisit Sunday I'm excited and nervous also at once

I feel like baby and my body are starting to prep for birthing. I don't think we're going to have a 42wk+ baby this time

For those who hb before what did you do for the afterpains?
post #159 of 332
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Originally Posted by Azreial View Post
we still have a few things to gather but we're mostly ready. We have our homevisit Sunday I'm excited and nervous also at once

I feel like baby and my body are starting to prep for birthing. I don't think we're going to have a 42wk+ baby this time

For those who hb before what did you do for the afterpains?
There is an Afterease tincture. http://www.birthwithlove.com/categor...ure-Wishgarden I'm going to order it again, I had it last time but didn't take it as much as I should of.


The MW stopped by my house last week so I guess that was my home visit. I'm not doing prenatals with her, just the birth. She lives 90 miles away and had errands to do in my town so she came over to see where our house was.
post #160 of 332
How well does the afterease work though? After dd's birth I was taking 800mg advil round the clock and some of the after pains were still really painful
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