I don't want to create a thread of horror stories etc and know there are birth story boards but I thought I would ask people to share anythings from previous birth experiences that might be helpful (or funny) to others on this board.
My labour was really good last time (started at 2am delivered at 11am). Around 5 DH made me go to he hospital (I was in the tub shaving my legs and trying to stay home as long as possible but my contractions were so close tofeher I could barely get out of the tub! The hospital was screaming busy with deliveries that weekend but I had a birthing room with a ball and we were left to labour with nurses checking in periodically. They broke my water around 9am (my mom was wih me while DH went home to let the dog out) and then the contractions really got going and the nurse said "wait for your husband" and I said "no way!". I ended up asking my mom to stay for the entire labour (which I never thought I would have wanted) (she is a maternity nurse in another city) and she was sooooo helpful. I had a shot of morphine and laughing gas and that was pretty good for pain management for me. Having my mom here was helpful because she got me laughing gas when they started stitching me up and she was a real comfort and excellent coach. She also was able to tell us things about ds's birth that we did not realize (like that he had meconium and was briefly intubated by a paediatrician before getting the all clear).
Things I want do differently:
- open my eyes more and look around, see who is in the room, and take in the experience
- Only my doctor or an ob gyn can do my stitches this time if needed - the resident did it badly last time