just wondering if those of you who have had babies can suggest anything that helped you get through your labor? Or essential things to bring to the hospital to help?
Here are a few things I have heard that will help. Wheat bag, spray bottle, lollies, iPod/music etc...
Any suggestions are appreciated :-)
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21-01-2012 17:17 #1
What did u do/bring to hospital that helped you through labor?
21-01-2012 17:19 #2
An awesome support person would be my top pick
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21-01-2012 17:22 #3
I didnt use anything I took with me, except my husband I just sat on a fitball in the shower - bliss.
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21-01-2012 19:40 #5Junior Member
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With my first I had a doula- and was fortunate enough to have a wonderful midwife who was on. They were both very kind and supportive.. Completely saved my sanity.
With my second, I had the same doula, and a bloody horrid midwife! Visions of stabbing her helped!
I'd brought music and wheat packs, etc.. But the midwife really put me into the wrong frame of mine and place, so every little thing was epically ****ing me off.
THIS time around, I'm having the same doula (she's a total gem!), plus I signed up to the midwife program, and I've had every antenatal appointment with her so we know each other well, etc, and she keeps everyone away! Between her and my doula we've worked out a great plan of water birth, mobility, Guns N Roses And rescue remedy!
21-01-2012 20:42 #6Senior Member
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Weird but I visualized a bottle (wine bottle type) and with breath out I would imagine some of the substance in the bottle disappear, until at the end of the contraction the bottle was empty.
Juju Sundins Birth Skills is a great, practical book from it I used controlled AHHH noises, drumming my feet, and sensory distraction like scratching my nails on a corrugated vinyl chair seat repetitively for an hour (poor DH!) and scratching the bed sheets.
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21-01-2012 22:15 #7
With my last birth I found those squishy stress balls really good. I was using stomping,swaying and squeezing the stress balls in the shower during each contraction. Saved my poor hubby and mums hands from getting squished.
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21-01-2012 22:30 #8Senior Member
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21-01-2012 22:39 #9
I second the tens machine.
I also second/third/fourth juju Sundin's book! I was a counter and a focus on a particular point in the room.
Yes - old school style men's combs. Squeezed between my palms/fingers/knuckles. It gave me an alternate source of pain that distracted me the contraction pain.
Someone to apply counter-pressure on your hips/back during contractions.
These things got me through dd2's birth. Only drug relief was 2 panadol and a shot of maxalon to stop me vomitting.
22-01-2012 10:03 #10
I had lots of things that I thought I might use, most of them recommended in juju's book. I had essential oils, massage oils, a massager, stress balls, music etc.
On the day I didn't use any of them, just got in the bath and focused on my breathing and visualised the labour progressing. That got me through my 10 hour labour with no drugs. It did get very tough at one point but by then I was fully dilated so I knew the end was in sight.
Despite not using the labour tools I brought along, I felt better knowing I had them....i didn't know what I would feel like on the day.
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