So everyone talks about this moment pregnant women experience when they realize “Oh crap. I’m going to push a baby out of me. And soon.” For me, that was today during my Labor & Delivery tour. Until today, people have asked me if I’m nervous and I’ve often replied with a “yes,” but mostly only because I figure I’m supposed to feel nervous. But the second I stepped foot in one of the delivery rooms, possibly even the one my baby will be born in, the real terror hit me like a ton of bricks.
There it was- the hospital bed with those stirrup things and a squat bar. It was covered in what looks like a giant maxi pad. I guess that’s what will be absorbing all the “bonus” stuff that comes out of me along with the baby. Nice. Next to it was a bunch of medical equipment and a little screen that will be used to measure contractions and monitor the fetus.
My fears were eased a little when the nurse giving the tour started talking about the perks of the room. For example, the bathroom has a private jacuzzi that I can labor in if I don’t want to be in the scary bed. Additionally, after my baby is born she will pretty much be in the same room as me the whole time I’m there. The room is equipped with all the testing and monitoring equipment so the baby won’t be whisked off to a hospital nursery moments after I pop her out. Instead, she’ll immediately be placed on my chest so that she can absorb my body heat, inhale my scent, hear my familiar voice, and make an easier transition to life outside the womb. Since I will probably spend a night or two in the hospital, there is a little bassinet the baby can sleep in right next to me all night (or in 45 minute increments).
I can also play my own “labor” music in the delivery room, which will almost certainly be Pennywise, the band that has gotten me through the most painful of my workouts and through all the ups and downs in my life for the past 10 years or so. With Pennywise playing, I can do anything. That information was probably the most comforting to me.
After the Labor and Delivery tour, I was sent to the admissions office so that I can pre-register baby Eva and me in the hospital. There were just a few forms I had to fill out but I’m glad it’s taken care of now so that I don’t have to deal with it when I’m in labor. As far as that goes, Eva and I are all ready to go! She still needs about 8 weeks of growing in my belly to be perfectly healthy, though, so I’d prefer if she’d wait.
1) Take childbirth classes, which start next week!
2) Write a birth plan.