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Old 11-01-2005, 11:37 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Howdy! I am 18 and planning on doing unssisted. My plan is not tell anyone I am in labour untill the baby is crowned and then I might call my sister (not my mom!). Other then that possibility, I do not want anyone but me and DH there.

What do we need for this?
Does a fetascope work during labour or do you need a doppler?

A friend (non ucer) said we should have sunctioning equipment on hand. What suctioning equipment? One of those bulb things?

What did you guys have on hand with you? and what did you wish you had ?

Lastly, how much blood is normal to come up ? When is it too much?

Feed back pls!
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Old 11-02-2005, 11:30 AM
 
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Congrats on your pregnancy!

The best feedback I can give you is to do research. Many people come to UC for different reasons and there are different belief systems at work. If you "google" unassisted birth you'll find lots of informative sites each with a different feel. Personally, i like www.freebirth.com

What do we need for this?
You can buy a complete birth kit, assemble one yourself or go minimalistic.

Does a fetascope work during labour or do you need a doppler?
Many UCrs choose not to listen to fetal heart tones. You will not be able to identify them yourself while in labor. A fetascope, stethascope or a doppler would work. If you really want to monitor heart tones then you need to have someone else with you to do it well. So, have them use whatever they feel the most comfortable with.

A friend (non ucer) said we should have sunctioning equipment on hand. What suctioning equipment? One of those bulb things?
Again, not always seen as needed. Most mothers will instinctually use their own mouth if the baby needs to be suctioned but most do not. A bulb thing is sufficient if you want something on hand.

What did you guys have on hand with you? and what did you wish you had ?
You can do a search in this forum for Birth Supplies and see entire threads on the subject.

Lastly, how much blood is normal to come up ? When is it too much?
Blood usually looks like a lot more than it actually is. If you're concerned about hemorrhage do a search on this board for entire threads on the subject.

Welcome. I hope you have a healthy and happy pregnancy and birth!
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Arora The Explorer did an excellent job answering your questions...IMO I think the best preparation is mental and all the "stuff" isn't really as necessary.
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i never really had much stuff. i think you don't need a suction thing, you can use your mouth IF needed.
have you considered water birth? it was a wonderful way to welcome my first UC baby. gave me more strength at the end of a long labor to stay on my knees and catch me own baby.
enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!
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