I’m not a list person. There’s something about spending time making a list that irritates me. It takes my hubby about as long to make a to-do list as it takes me to just do the stuff on the list. Yet, when it came to my last pregnancy and labour, I made a list long before the day of things to do when contractions start.
This list will differ from person to person, but I thought I’d share it with you, in case you’re not sure what to do ‘next’.
In Hollywood, your waters break in a great gush and everyone rushes off to hospital in a mad dash. In reality, very few women’s water’s break in the shopping centre, on the train or as you’re about to set off on holiday. Of course it does happen, but for the most part, in real life, you have time – if your waters even break before contractions start!
Without further ado, my list for what to do when I go into labour if you’re having a homebirth:Read more: Labour Plan Or Checklist For A Homebirth
Have you ever run a marathon? How about a 10k run- fun runs, as they’re sometimes called, although I can’t imagine why?! I’ve run a few 10k runs (about 6 miles) in my lifetime, and have the medals somewhere to prove it.
For some I’ve trained, I’ve been healthy, I’ve been in the right frame of mind. For those the race was easy enough, and I’ve made good time. I’ve not really enjoyed it, but did enjoy the feeling of achievement afterwards.Read more: I’m Not Trying For A Homebirth, I’m Having One
You hear birth horror stories all the time. Terrible pain, terrible doctors, lack of respect, loss of dignity. It all seems synonymous with childbirth these days, and from birth to birth trauma to birth rape, the range of experiences mothers go through are as varied as the mothers themselves, and the babies they birth.
From time to time, you even hear about wonderful births. Home births and water births often fall into that ‘wonderful’ birth experience. And every now and then you’ll find someone talk about a perfect birth.
Read more: I Had A Perfect Birth – Now I’m Scared Of Trying Again