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Labor and Delivery Nurse Tells All!

Bring cookies. Who'd have thought?

I’m a big fan of nurses. My husband is a nurse-of-sorts. A good nurse can make all the difference when you’re at the ER with your toddler. And a pair of nurses will practically deliver your baby … just you wait. The doctor really does come in at the very last minute.

I chose the hospital I’m delivering at based on the good things I heard about the nursing staff, alone. This priority topped even my desire for a private room (though I’m getting that too).

I only have about six weeks until delivery, and I’m starting to feel the stress. This pregnancy has been an exceptionally busy one, and I haven’t had/made the time to read and prepare like I did with my first. Will I remember what it’s like it’s like to deliver a baby? Will I get self-conscious? Will my nurse and I get along?

Needing more info on the delivery experience? Read some of my favorite insider tips from a labor and delivery nurse (who just might end up being your hero and your biggest advocate), after the jump. They come from this “First Time’s a  Charm” Babble roundup … which apparently isn’t just for first-timers.

*Think of your birth plan as a birth guide. A birth plan helped me feel in control, but there’s still a lot of need to be flexible. And just because you had to have a C-section or opt for an epidural doesn’t mean you didn’t have a baby. That’s really the end goal, right?

*You can catch your own baby. Who knew? I don’t think I’m up for the challenge, but it’s nice to know it’s an option at the hospital as long as you set it up in advance.

*Speak up for the important stuff. Favorite quote: “You are entitled to the birth you want.” But no one can help you achieve it if you don’t use your voice. And also, notice she said “important.”

*Find a focal point. It really does help you get through a nasty contraction.

*You don’t have to breathe like that. Good to know; I was just thinking about brushing up on my technique.

*All women labor differently. Your delivery isn’t going to be a lot like your mom’s, or even your sister’s. My two sisters and I (roughly the same build and genetic makeup) have had very different labor experiences.

*You really can’t shock labor and delivery nurses (and poop isn’t even on the shocker list).

*Bring cookies? Noted. I’m all over this “buttering up” technique, though it’s likely I’ll make my husband do the baking.

Read the rest here!

 

 

 

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