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Planning a trip during and on-call time is a given, but what else do you do differently? Do you avoid stinky foods (like garlic and onions) so your breath won't be offensive to the mama? Do you avoid alcohol? Is a glass of beer or wine at dinner okay, IYO? Anything else?
 

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All good suggestions <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> but I would like to add, I try to make sure that my pantry is stocked with foods that can be easily prepared while I am away, (So dh has plenty to choose from and doesn't feel burdened), I also try to keep up on laundry and other housework so that I am not too far behind when I get home. I try to make sure that I get to bed at a decent hour just in case..cause that ONE NIGHT that you stay up till 2 am and crash into bed exausted will be the night that you are woken up with a 2:15 phone call saying you have to come NOW. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But seriously, it does take some planning ahead to make me feel that I would be up to going at any minute. I enjoy the suspense, personally. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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It's not just trip planning that you have to plan out to a T, but sometimes just driving to the other side of town! Or going for a walk or bike ride. These last two have been the hardest for me--not being able to just get out in nature and having to remain in close proximity to a vehicle when you have a fast multip approaching term. I know exactly how far I can walk the trail near my house in order to get back to the car walking or running in under twenty minutes. If you are practicing in a city maybe this is not so much of an issue, but if your multip clients live thirty minutes or an hour outside of town, you have to be ready to jump in the car and go.<br><br>
Also being on top of all the "things:" making sure you have your birth bags and meds handy as well as any personal items (clothes, food, etc), keeping the tank full. Then there's leaving social events early so you can get home to bed. I don't really drink so that's not something I have to think about but I know some midwives feel comfortable having a glass of wine or two.
 

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Being on call is something I've never gotten very good at. I think some people have an easier time with it than others.<br><br>
I am always anxious and worried about when the next call will come. That really played into my last job (and, yes, it was just a job, not a super, great, never gonna leave sort of place). In that job, I was on call 24 hours at a time, at the hospital pretty much the whole time save a short trip home sometimes to let the dog out. But, when I was off, I was off. It worked better for me as a person, but I don't think that we provided true midwifery type care. Kind of better than average OB care.
 

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I avoid alcohol and I don't go anywhere too far out the way when I'm on call. I always have my children's things packed and ready just in case my dh or I have to take them to my mom's. I also try to go to bed at a decent hour (I learned my lesson the hard way with this one) and if I can I'll try to squeeze in a little nap.
 

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Well I'm in a really small town, so I don't worry about going anywhere. Literally, it takes 15 min to get from the farthest part of one side to the other. Just make sure my cell phone is always charged (I'm terrible about that), I have my bag packed with granola bars and apples and a couple bottles of water and some gum, and I have my doula "clothes" ready. Which consists of some Old Navy yoga pants and a long sleeved tshirt and a pair of socks and shoes. I learned the heard way about sleeping in jeans during a long birth about a year ago.
 

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My contract says I generally need one hour to get my life in order before I can come and I ask clients to call me at the first thought of labor. That just works better for where I am in my life right now. I feel a lot better now that I know my DH will always be home at night and my sitter has a cell phone finally. I don't generally think a lot about taking two cars or being too far away....we live in a pretty easy to travel town. I DO think about sleep and laundry. I try to have clothes for my kids and myself set aside.<br><br>
No, I don't change my eating habits for my clients! That's just too much for me. I carry toothpaste and breathmints in my bag and I always put on clean scrubs before a birth. I don't drink when I'm on call at all. I just feel better that way. It also makes for a nice party when I have a break from being on call: DH and I will plan a date night and cook a nice dinner and split a bottle of wine.
 

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I avoid alcohol, as it drains me and makes me oversleepy even when I just have a glass.. I also keep up on housework and try to get to bed early. I don't go more than 1/2 hour or so out of my area, carry my cell at all times and sleep with it on my night table. And I take my showers at night in case I am called in the middle so I can feel clean and like my hair is not icky. I too agree to meet clients within an hour of them calling, just to give me time to get my immediate shit together. No, I eat whatever i want and carry "altoids" and a toothbrush.<br><br>
I also have bombproof childcare, that is a biggie!
 

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I have a two hour window in my contract from the first I think I am in labor & may need you call. I have a family to get in order & most of my clients aren't that local.<br>
I normally don't drink & I eat what I want to eat. My big thing is getting to bed earlier than normal...I hate being exhausted & then having to support a laboring woman.
 
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