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I think I will want a knitting project on hand to focus my attention away, in between contractions. I think I might also like to listen to a couple of my favorite CDs at the moment (Gypsy King's Roots, which I can't get enough of right now, the sound track to Sweet and Low Down (lots of Django Reinhart on there), which my kids can't get enough of (they call it "The Party" cd) and the sound track to O Brother Where Art Thou) But then I never used anything with my first two labors that I'm thinking that these are just nice ideas. It's funny because labor is such an internal experience that I don't know if I'll even notice the music at all, at some point. But I'm going to give it a try because I did find myself getting a bit bored in between contractions during the early part of labor with A.
Did anyone read the mothering.com newsletter this week with the questions and answers? Some woman was asking about if too much amniotic fluid could have been responsible for her failure to progress. The expert's answer was very interesting: he (she?) said that the number of people present at the birth, in particular the baby's father, is directly proportional to the length of labor. This expert seemed to think that no one but the mother and midwife should be present. I have been turning that idea around in my head since I read it. I am wondering if things will go faster if no one is around... (not that things were failing to progress but... labor always seems long...) I am thinking of doing this thing all alone (with of course the midwife and attending nurse). I'd kind of like to see what happens. If I get really desperate I can always call people back... I don't know. What do you ladies think? I still haven't decided.
I also want some decent clothes to labor in. T shirts are so unappealing but I know I will need at least 2 or 3 gowns or whatever because I tend to vomit like crazy during labor.