Just got back from a tour of the birthing centre! It's the one I went to after I had DD, but I only saw the postnatal room when I was there, and wanted to check out the birthing rooms and tub rooms. Plus, I pretty much just thought it would be fun. :p
And it was! The birthing rooms have these awesome slings. I thought it was just a knotted rope hung from the ceiling, but it turned out to be a doubled piece of cloth that you could knot together at various heights - like those silk trapeze things they have in circuses. So you could sort of hang from it from your armpits, like that position where you hang off your partner's neck (which I never felt inclined to do in labour, but mostly 'cause I thought it might break DH!). Or you could tie the knot low and sort of sit in it and swing around, or sit on a birth stool and rest your arms on it, or whatever. Highly neat. They had another one suspended over the birth pool, which was a really nice round deep one - how you get in and out I'm not sure, but it looked lovely nevertheless!
The postnatal rooms were pretty much how I remembered - very tasteful, nice showers - and there was a familywhanau room I didn't know about. So now I'm kind of excited to birth there! The birth room had plenty of room for DD to sit and watch DVDs on DH's laptop, if she ends up being there; and room to set out snacks. Also nice adjustable lighting and a CD player.
DD was thrilled with the whole experience. She excitedly pointed out all the photos of babies on the walls, and which ones were having the milks, informed me loudly that she used to have the milks when she was a small baby (which is slightly odd, because she still has the milks - oh well!), and insisted that one mother-baby-father statue was the baby Jesus. When we finished the tour and had to go home, DD said "But I thought your baby was gonna come out!" I think she charmed the tour. :p
Ooh, and we got a bag full of info pamphlets, and it included a chocolate bar and some free samples of hand cream and such! I love free stuff. So, yay! The other mothers on the tour seemed really nice; it was a pity we didn't have time to chat, but none of them looked as pregnant as me so I guess we won't be in at the same time anyway.
So, I bought evening primrose oil the other day and can't remember when you're supposed to start taking it. Not yet, I assume (I'm not 37 weeks for two more days). I remember taking it before I was induced with DD, and that was at 39+4, so... 38 weeks or so? I actually had some left over from DD - discovered it in the cupboard and was all "Ooh", until I realised it had expired two years ago. :p
I've started taking calcium every day (thanks Mamatoabunch for that advice!), and borrowed some newborn baby clothes from a friend today (thank goodness, we REALLY needed more onesies!), and have generally been feeling pretty excited and baby-positive. I may have had one or two contractions today while listening to my Hypnobabies tracks - or it might have just been gas or something. Either way, I managed to relax the pain away using my hypno-techniques, and it worked, so yay! Pity it's stopped working for my heartburn, though... I chug Gaviscon like an addict these days.