Thursday, July 19, 2007

Pregnancy & Childbirth 101: The delivery video

We attended our second childbirth and delivery class tonight. And saw the video. The delivery video. Yeah. Um. Gross.

The one good thing that comes out of this horrifying video watching experiment, Darren is finally starting to see why I don't want people at the hospital when I go into labor.


betty said...

So, does this mean you will not be videotaping the momentous event?

christie said...

No cameras or recording equipment allowed.

Have you seen a birth? It is fucking gross and nasty and horrifically awful. I'm now searching for someone who can deliver this baby in my stead.

B. E. Busby said...

(Super-Chicken voice)

You knew the job was dangerous when you took it!


(/Super-Chicken voice)

Makes you wonder where the Hell they got the term, "blessed event" from, don' it?

Leah said...

I still have yet to see an actual birth, live or video footage. I've read descriptions which scared me enough...You know, all those things nobody ever talks about with the ripping and tearing and cutting apart of certain areas. Oh my god. I don't get how some women can do it more than once, or other women who thought it was no biggy. Were their babies the size of peas?

christie said...

It's called denial. This is my theory - The body produces a plethora of natural chemicals that blanket the brain from the horror and by the time the new mom's brain returns to pre-baby functioning levels, the love for the kid is so strong you can only say things like: "It wasn't that bad."

Cathy said...

There's a lot I could say, but I will tell you this. It does get easier the second time. Compare my first labor - 23 hours of labor plus 3.5 hours of pushing plus forcepts in the end made for a long recovery. And the second? 8 hours of labor and 30 minutes of pushing! I told Liam the minute I held him he was my favorite, if only for the easy delivery.
And remember this: an epidural is supposed to get rid of ALL the pain. I failed to remember this and when I got one with my first it didn't work, but the pain was less intense (for awhile). And then once the pain got really bad again they offered to put it in again and I refused making for a horrible time. And then it didn't work again with my second (I must be messed up or just cursed). I kept refusing another one until it got so bad that the nurse called the guy back and they basically decided that I needed one (I was really bad). I didn't think I could sit through the process, but I did and was so glad. This one worked, and was the first time I had one that worked, and my god it was wonderful. I slept through the last two hours of labor - the time when it's supposed to be the worst. And woke up with the urge to push! Anyway...long story short...if you get one and still feel contractions it didn't take and you should let them try again. That's my best advice for a labor and delivery you can later say "wasn't that bad."