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post #41 of 45

Mostly help with pain and focus. I don't struggle too much with those things, but I do a little bit. If the labor goes for a while (my labors seem to be significantly shorter each time than the previous, but you never know), I know I will need something to keep me going without wanting to give up or without caving to an epidural (though, I am having the hubby remind me that the first one didn't work as planned, and I'd rather be up and around, anyway).

 

One thing I noticed (midwife gave me a suggested list of things to bring), is that they listed olive oil or KY lubricant for perenium/crowning. Silly question, but would it have to be an unopened bottle of olive oil?  I mean, I'm sure I can get a small bottle, but I wasn't thinking of that. My last midwife (though it was a freestanding birth center birth) had oils on hand for pereneal massage. I know that the pereneal massage is important to me, because that is what helped me birth a big boy with no tearing.

post #42 of 45

I finalized my list and packed up what I could yesterday. It felt so good! Just really reassuring in a funny way, I guess because it just feels like something productive to do related to labor besides just waiting. 

 

 


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One thing I noticed (midwife gave me a suggested list of things to bring), is that they listed olive oil or KY lubricant for perenium/crowning. Silly question, but would it have to be an unopened bottle of olive oil?  I mean, I'm sure I can get a small bottle, but I wasn't thinking of that. My last midwife (though it was a freestanding birth center birth) had oils on hand for pereneal massage. I know that the pereneal massage is important to me, because that is what helped me birth a big boy with no tearing.

 

 

Regarding this, I packed a little bottle of Almond oil I've been using as a moisturizer, and felt OK with it being an open bottle because it dispenses in a way that means we've never directly touched the opening of the bottle to anything else and it was kept in the bedroom rather than the bathroom or kitchen, so it's not as likely that we've handled it with very dirty hands. I don't know if there's any real infection risk from using an open bottle, actually, but since a little bottle is unlikely to be more than $5 or so, it may be worth it. 

post #43 of 45

I'm not worried about there being infection, if I have been the only one handling it... It's more about hospital/provider policy. I want them to be able to use it, and if it's been opened, I'm thinking they might not be able to use it. Either way, I'm sure I can find a small bottle of EVOO for $5, like you said. That's nothing.

 

And one thing I notice that I have COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN. It's not a real necessity, but I like having it. SOCKS. I have tons of clothes and blankets for my boy, but I have no socks. lol

 

Of course, this morning I was more concerned with being in the throes of having some bad news thrust upon me. Not really bad, just unexpected. I am with a practice that has quite a few OBs and two midwives. Well, my primary midwife (and I've seen the other one, too... It was advised I see her, just in case) is leaving the practice. NEXT WEEK. I am 37.5 weeks. This was a midwife I went and researched. I stalked her FB page, and stalked her on a local mom's board that she was part of for a while (one that I have been a member of for years, and I had remembered her posting a bit, which is why I searched for her). I was so comfortable. She was voted Best Midwife in Dallas/Ft. Worth by a local magazine, and had heard so many wonderful things. Anyway, I called today to confirm this rumor, and it was true. I assume she was going to let me know when I was to see her next week. I won't be seeing her, because I rescheduled to see the other midwife. I have only seen her twice, and I adore her, but I HAVE ONLY SEEN HER TWICE. I want to get as much face time in with her before I go into labor.

 

Anyway, I'm going off topic, but phew.
 

post #44 of 45
Thank you for the reminder about extra socks! I remember having cold feet during pushing stage with my first born and needing socks. They were so gross and bloody after, I just threw them out lol.

I FINALLY packed my hospital bag this morning and added an extra pair if socks smile.gif
post #45 of 45
Thank you for the reminder about extra socks! I remember having cold feet during pushing stage with my first born and needing socks. They were so gross and bloody after, I just threw them out lol.

I FINALLY packed my hospital bag this morning and added an extra pair if socks smile.gif
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