Virtual Doulas Always Have Clean Hands
June 12, 2013 6:14 PM Subscribe
We've had a bumper crop of gorgeous babies on the Filter lately. Let me learn from your experiences - hit me with your best advice for childbirth and labour itself. We've only got a week or two to go and the better prepared we can be the better.
posted by Jilder to health & fitness (43 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Due to a variety of factors (scheduling and limited class size being at the top of the list) Dr. Jilder and I have missed out on antenatal classes. My midwife has been fantastic in providing good information re. the actual birth part of the procedure, and between my mum and my vast array of sisters I've got the basics covered, I think. I'm not terrible anxious about things, and I have a high pain threshold, so we're good on that front.
However, I'd love to see what the Hivemind has to add (besides IANAD, IANAM and IANAG). What resources would you recommend online to a pair of scientifically minded university graduates about to hit the birthing suites? Pain management advice, breathing advice, that sort of thing would be lovely. We're in Australia, too, so any videos will need to be accessible over here.
We've already got a birthing pool, some sort of stool and one of those big yoga ball dealies sorted as standard in the birthing suite. Also massage oil, a wheat pack (for heat) and some medatitive music (Dead Can Dance, because we're starting this kid off right, after all). Also midwife-assisted births are standard at the hospital, with ready access to obstetrics if things get hairy. We're not really in a place to get a doula at this late stage, and frankly I think the majority of the aftercare stuff will be covered by my mum, who after four kids and a raft of grandkids is more than capable of helping out with new mums and new babies.
While more science based stuff is preferred, I'm not adverse to a bit of metaphysical assistance if you've personally found it to be of use.
Special interest is things for dads! He's been super supportive and I can't see this changing just because we're up to the business end. Most resources I've seen online so far have been geared to mums, so if we can broaden that out all the better.
Any other encouraging advice will be gratefully received.
You will be rewarded in baby pictures once he gets here.