November 13, 2008 2:48 AM Subscribe
I've been asked to babysit a woman who is 9 months pregnant tonight. What do I do if she goes into labour?
posted by xanthippe to health & fitness (13 answers total)
This is a good friend of mine whose family is going out of town, so I'm going to spend the night with her in case anything happens. Her due date is 4 days from today, so I'm guessing there's some significant chance she could go into labour. This will be her 5th child but it would be my first time dealing with this situation, so I'm feeling quite nervous.
So, if her water breaks and all that, what should I expect and what should I do other than the obvious, i.e. driving her to the hospital? What kind of care and support should I provide? Neither of us are close to fluent in each other's native languages; we usually communicate fairly well, but this is clearly the sort of situation where stress could cause communication to break down, so I'd like advice beforehand about what her needs might be and how I can handle them. My level of exposure to, um, childbirth is so minimal that I can't formulate any more specific questions.