"Birth plans are great but you have to be able to stray from them a little bit and be flexible. If something isn't working, you need to be willing try something else. I encourage those position changes as long as they are safe…Sometimes you just need to tell them they need to do what they want. For example, we'll get the occasional ‘f-bomb' with an "oops" (because of the cameras) and we encourage them to keep it up. Swear all you want if it helps."
According to Dr. Jones, everything is a two-way street. "We're not going to encourage someone to do something that will hurt themselves or the baby. We'll discuss your options with you and guide you to the best possible outcome. We've been delivering babies a long time."
So how does one prepare for childbirth? Dr. Jones had some ideas that match ours here on Pregnancy.org!
"My advice for preparing for childbirth is take birthing classes, whether you're going to do an epidural or not. You'll know what to expect, why things are going on, why are the doctor or nurses asking me to change positions. They are great for preparing older siblings too. In addition to the classes, it's important to stay active and be in good shape. Keeping active really helps labor and delivery – the births go better – babies don't have fatty or big shoulders – they are leaner babies. I routinely tell my moms to keep exercising (as long as they are not having complications). I have some pregnant moms still running 2-4 miles. It's a great thing. The other really important thing is to have your pediatrician and car seat picked out. You can't leave the hospital without either one."
My interview time with Dr. Jones and Amanda was running out. I asked them one last question, "What's been some of the more memorable moments that have taken you off-guard for either of you in the unit?"
Amanda said it's, "…watching the dads cry – it doesn't matter who the mother or family is, when the dad holds his baby for first time that's the best part for me – gets me every time."
For Dr. Jones, it's the births that seem to go off without a hitch even if there were complications. "We had this twin delivery and everything was going so perfectly. In fact, Amanda was on that birth. The mom had the twins vaginally. Even though there were a few complications, it was a nice delivery and those are the ones that stick out. And yeah, after 23 years of delivering babies, you're right Amanda, it doesn't matter what time of day it is, watching those expressions on a dad's face are priceless."
We think so, too! Our interview was over about as quickly as the fast-paced show, but just like the show it left us wanting more!
If you're trying to conceive, pregnant or even a parent already, we suggest setting your DVRs to record "One Born Every Minute" Tuesdays 10pm/9C on Lifetime.
This show will have you cheering, crying, laughing and not wanting to miss a single heartbeat. Congratulations to the families and staff at Riverside Memorial!
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