Jun. 19th, 2013 10:33 am
[personal profile] bertine
Last night we went on a hospital tour. It was fun and useful. The lady walked us through what would happen, so we know where to park, where to sign in, which elevators to take, etc.

We also got to see the delivery rooms and the entrance to the OR in case we have to have a C-section. They supply balls, if we want to use them, and they have full bathrooms so if I want to have a bath during labor I could (likely). There is also a lot of options for alternative birthing methods but I am not really interested in most of them. It seems like the place is pretty friendly, so that is good.

Then we got a tour of the post-partum rooms. They are all private and have a place for Zach to sleep. The baby sleeps in the room with you and they have lactation people to help you breastfeed. So, basically everything I wanted without having to ask about it.

On the way out Zach asked about bike parking at the hospital. They even have underground bike parking in the ramp, so his bike will be protected if he needs to get it. If I end up getting a C-section and have to stay in the hospital more than two days the plan is he will go home and get his bike so he can go to his classes since they are just on the other side of the river.

Of course, I would rather not have a C-section since walking up our steps would suck (plus many other things).

PS, only three months to go!!!

Date: 2013-06-20 01:48 pm (UTC)
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They supply balls? Isn't... uh... isn't that what got you into this mess in the first place?

Date: 2013-06-20 02:33 pm (UTC)
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I guess I should have said "birthing balls". They have one called "Mr. Peanut", which was weird.

I am hoping labor goes pretty quickly for me.

Date: 2013-06-20 02:36 pm (UTC)
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"Birthing balls" doesn't really clarify things for me... and I'm... kinda afraid to google it...

Date: 2013-06-20 02:42 pm (UTC)
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You know those big exercise balls that people use as chairs sometimes? Well, you can use those to sit on while you are in labor because they make you feel more comfortable. When you actually deliver you use something else but I guess it helps while you are waiting for things to happen.

Date: 2013-06-20 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I know what exercise balls are... for some strange reason I've never heard them referred to as birthing balls!

Would a pregnant woman want to be all wobbly like that? Or does someone hold you up? Or does wobbling help? Ugh, remind me not to get pregnant, it's too complicated.

Date: 2013-06-20 02:47 pm (UTC)
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I don't know! Once I go through labor I'll let you know!

It is complicated. For a natural process it seems like there are too many options.

Date: 2013-06-20 02:50 pm (UTC)
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It's the price we pay for evolving to have big huge brains.

Date: 2013-06-20 02:41 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that sounds like a good birthing center!

Date: 2013-06-20 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Minneapolis is pretty liberal and full of crunchy granola types. It is funny, this hospital is about 2 miles away and it isn't even the closest hospital to us with a big birthing center that we could go to. I actually can see the other one from our office at home. We aren't going to that one because it is "out-of-network".

Plus, the hospital we are delivering at is the one I was born at. Though it has a different name now.

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