Megan Davidson, Labor & Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, Anthropologist, Mom to August (9) and Clay (4), Partner to Shawn.
After 4 m/c, our is here!
The water is not hot in the hospital, initially you can fill the huge tub, but it isn't warm enough to last very long and be comfortable. Then, the sink water will not warm the tub water because it is cold and the microwave down a long hall...so water temperature regulation has been an issue in the past for sustaining a long time in the tub at the hospital. There is a big tub though, but when you let water out of it, it is super loud and can be disturbing to a woman in labor. I am going to think about how to make this work.
In villages, homebirth tends to be more common, often just because there's not a hospital anywhere nearby. In large cities it's a bit more common to go to the hospital, I believe, but the Russian medical system has been so messed up for so many years, there's still a certain amount of distrust there. Emulation of US social standards though is not uncommon, there's a certain percentage of the population that would look at US standards and say "they do it in the hospital, so I'm gonna do it that way".
Cristeen ~ Always remembering our warrior ~ Our is 3, how'd that happen?!?!
We welcomed another warrior in May 2012!!
2012 Decluttering challenge - 575/2012
Fast forward to the birth. Her husband was on the plane coming, so she labored at home up to transition before calling me. We barely made it to the hospital. She looked like a warrior woman birthing that baby. It was definitely so far my favorite birth.
Missionary, birth-worker, midwifery student
Mama to DD (9yr), DS (3yr), & UC twin DDs (5yr)
They usually have a large room to labor in - with several women laboring together and nurses coming in to keep them quiet and check on them from time to time. When the time comes the mother is transfered to another group delivery room where she sees a different doctor than the one she went to for her pre-natals.
As far as supporting a birth - I would work a lot on pre-natal classes. The dads rarely attend a birth and the natural functions of a body are considered to be disgusting - including birth. Many moms do not want the father there for fear that the sexual relationship will be damaged. Preparation and talking about fears would be just vital I would say.
Usually the post-partum time is also spent in the hospital - about a month total is spent in the hospital. The mother is often not allowed any visitors and the baby is kept wrapped with many blankets in a mummy-like package...to encourage self control in the infant. The fathers come and see wife and baby through a glass window. Often severe pp depression is a problem because of the extreme isolation.
Obviously, this is not universal for all Russian births, but it is a common picture and likely the one your client has in her mind.
Many people are working to encourage these countries to change their birth practices, but it takes much time and effort.
Please feel free to PM me if you have more questions.
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