'Mom-Ed: Childbirth' Day 5: So THAT'S What I Do When I Go Into Labor (VIDEO)

hospital laborOkay, so, so far this week, Eden and Alice have taught me, and hopefully you, all about the final stage of the third trimester, as well as what goes on when you go into labor. So guess what CafeMom Studio's Mom-Ed: Childbirth video is about today? You guessed it! Getting to the hospital.

This is actually something I've been wondering (read: stressing) about since I entered my second trimester. I even asked my doctor what the "protocol" is at my last appointment, but she wasn't talking. She told me that when we got a bit closer to my due date, she'll go over everything I need to know and not to worry. But still. I worry. It's what I do.

So, needless to say, my anxious self and I are grateful for this video. It's at least given me some insight as to what I'm supposed to do after going into labor (I.E. who to call and when), and what to expect once I get to the hospital. Check it out.

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There are two things I really got from this video. One, I now know that I shouldn't just show up at the hospital after going into labor -- this has been one of the biggest questions plaguing me; nobody has been able to give me a straight answer. And two, apparently, there is some sort of (non-natural) pain relief without an epidural. As I've said in the past, I'm going to give it my all to have as natural a birth as possible, but if I can't (and I might not be able to), it's nice knowing that there's something "less intense" out there.

I've heard about birth plans before, and I definitely would like to make one. I want to keep it as short and non-confusing as possible, though, so I really need to sit down and think about what's truly most important to me. It's comforting knowing that this is something doctors see often, as I was nervous that I'd be viewed as "demanding" or "difficult" if I presented one.

Although I sometimes feel like ignorance is bliss, I've gotta say, I'm liking watching these videos and getting more educated. I feel a bit more ready and prepared for what's to come. I'm still a little nervous, but I think, with a little more knowledge, I'll be able to go into my birth fear-free. Well, almost.

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