My cousin went into the hospital last week, at 33 weeks, because "she had a leak" (that's how my mom said it). She is trying to get to 35 weeks before going for a induced vaginal birth. She has to stay at the hospital until then and the baby is pretty small and will go into nicu after birth which is part of the reason they are waiting till 35 weeks so he can get a little bigger.
Anyway they never took any classes because they had planned them for right now but now they are in the hospital. This is her first and she wants to spend time this week learning about childbirth and relaxation and visualization techniques so she can be more prepared.
Any (on-line) suggestions?
She asked me for advice/resources but personally I did some reading with my first and took a class, with my second and third I didn't do much to prepare. The only things, that worked for me, that I can think of are no clocks or reminder of time, remember it will end, there is no way around the pain other he through it, and each contraction puts you that much closer to holding your baby. But telling her that may not be very useful to her, kwim?
I know she was a little freaked out about the whole process of being pregnant and delivering a baby when she found out and now with complications I can imagine that she is feeling unprepared and very nervous. She does however want to try for a vaginal birth and not a scheduled c-section so she not entirely freaked out I guess.
I'd suggest books if you can get them to her (library?), easier to do a lot of reading on paper. Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way sounds up their alley, The Birth Partner and/or Birthing From Within could also help to look at.
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