I really should have updated this a couple of days ago as I’ve had a couple of people express concern over my last post. Thanks, by the way, but I have recovered from my malaise now. I think it was mostly to do with lack of sleep over the week as I was totally out of action on Friday. Didnt have the energy to bother with anything other than lounging. I built a fort on the couch and stayed there all Friday afternoon/evening until going to bed at 8.30pm. Woke up 7am Saturday feeling much better. Which is good because we had our ante-natal workshop (part 1) starting at 9.30.
There were another 6 or 7 couples there. They were mostly late 20’s to late-30s I guess. maybe one couple was over that. Anyhow we were shown massage techniques that are comfortable for the support person to cope with. They showed us the gruesome videos – a labouring video and a caeser video. Which re-affirmed my decision to avoid a c-sec unless medically necessary. I was surprised by how large the placenta appears. It really is like a dark pink jellyfish with one long grey tentacle. Epidurals were explained and were other pain management options. The birth process was demonstrated with a pink knitted uterus complete with detachable knitted vagina. Pam (the obstetric physiotherapist who took this class) also tried reassuring us by saying that when the baby is crowning your pink bits are stretch so wide and so thin that you really wont feel any tearing. Tops!
The day finished off with a tour of the delivery rooms. Apart from the birth centre there are about 4 or 5 rooms in the labour ward purpose built for labour and delivery. Each room has a bed which can be manipulated to raise or lower certain parts, theres an ensuite with spa bath, large shower and toilet, and there’s also the option of a birthing stool which is like squatting on a low toilet with handle bars at each side.
The doctor’s appointment on Thursday went well enough. My swollen hands and feet were acceptably normal.. especially given the heat. Blood pressure still nice and normal. Dr F also said that the baby was growing nicely – not too big and not too small. He confirmed that he’s on call 24×7 and delivers for 95% of his patients. Goodo. I’ve put on 1kg since my last appointment 3 weeks ago.
Next Ob appt is Christmas eve, and next saturday is part 2 of our ante-natal workshop.