Originally Posted by KateSt.
Jenniebug -- You are so sweet! Thanks for the invite on Dec 10th! Fridays are never good for me, though. Perhaps we can meet for your next appt. I'd love that.
I have a question for you wise ladies. I've been skimming Emergency Childbirth and reading parts of it to dh, but instead of making us feel better it's making us a bit more paranoid. I don't want to focus too much on the things that could go wrong, I'd rather focus on the things that could go right. I'm thinking if I'm a bit ignorant about some of the things that could go wrong, they won't manifest in my mind, IFYKWIM? I'm all for having the book on hand, but I certainly don't want to read it anymore. Has anyone else taken this approach?
Also, has anyone else NOT had a Plan B? I read in one of the UC books that sometimes having a plan B means you're not fully commiting to Plan A. I've never been a plan B person -- thinking if I have nothing to fall back on, I'll make sure I"ll succeed. Any thoughts on this?
Thanks in advance! I missed you ladies over Thanksgiving!
As for the EC book...I never read it. I did look up potential problems (such as a cord prolapse) just so I would know what to look for. Mostly I relied on my internal instinct and connection with the baby to tell me if something was wrong. We didn't even check the heartrate during labor as i felt I may misread the normal decels or even become disconnected from my inner source. Oh my that sounds kind of hokey doesn't it.
As far as a backup plan, it was stated that IF and only if we had a true emergency would we call for help. But in all honesty I am not sure I would have, depending on how i felt. It would be my first normal labor & delivery and having never actually expereinced it, I think it would have been difficlut to say oh this is an emergency or not. I had to rely 100% on my instincts. That was something let me tell you. I have never had so much trust and faith in my own body, truly a wonderous and magical thing it was.
Anyways I guess what I am saying is if the book is making you feel anxious and have fear, put it down! Fear can lead you the wrong way. If you need to read something to be prepared go borrow Childbirth without fear from saras...truly a good book even tho it is over 30yrs old lol