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5-19-2008 @ 9:08PM
Usually, unless the water breaks or contractions are 5 minutes apart, the hospital will tell you to stay home.Anything that helps get your mind off the contractions is a good thing.
5-19-2008 @ 9:22PM
Totally agree, Starlin. A lot of people think that labor is like it is portrayed in films and there is a lot of rushing around and arm flailing. Labor is, for a lot of parents, a long affair with several stages. Like you said, unless the contractions are really coming in, they recommend moms stay home.
5-19-2008 @ 11:27PM
Thank you for dispelling the myth that rushing to the hospital is the first thing that needs to happen! I couldn't believe the commentary that the lady was unfit to be a mother--honestly, anything that could take your mind off labor or help you simply be with it without feeling overwhelmed is just fine.Some of the European countries have a very high home birth rate. Just something to consider in contrast to the comments flaming the mother to be.How fun!
5-19-2008 @ 11:38PM
yeah, agreed.My mom was in labor with me for 52 hours... she could have done one of those old time epic AV's, lol
5-20-2008 @ 5:03AM
I'm just an ignorant bastard... I didn't know that at all, heh.Learn something new each day :)
5-20-2008 @ 8:52AM
My boyfriend's mother likes to tell the story about how she voted in the presidential election while she was in labor. I had a professor in college who told of a colleague of his who went into labor while administering a final. She told her concerned students to sit down and finish their test, and she went to the hospital after they were done.
5-20-2008 @ 11:07AM
Yeah it really does take a long time. Sometimes its very quick (few hours). 12 hours is somewhat typical.
5-20-2008 @ 3:04PM
I agree, some kind of distraction is a good thing. And WoW seems like a better option than medication, or like the good ol' days: "here honey, have a cigarette to relieve the tension, and maybe a swig of brandy."
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