Today’s post takes a feminine turn since I am talking about giving emergency childbirth. We could simply call it “giving birth in survival situation” because it may not be an emergency.
Let me start off by, as if I have to if you have been reading for any length of time, saying that I am NOT a medical professional. I have no medical school. I am not even a Certified Nurses Aid!
So why in the world do I, a dude, think that I can discuss childbirth as a topic? Because I am actually a trained coach in natural childbirth and also trained to deliver in emergency situation. The next thing is more my wife’s accreditation then my own, but I coached Gen through a natural childbirth at home AFTER two prior C-Sections (Double VBAC) at home! It was 30 hours of labor which was long, tiring, stressful, and FUN!
It was cool doing something that we knew was in our nature to do. She was a real trooper. After that, I knew how strong women were.
Well, instead of telling our 30 hour story, I should discuss childbirth in an emergency situation. Not so much about the steps of the birth, what the stages are, or timing contractions even. What I want to cover is the importance of being prepared to coach a birth for your spouse, or even another mother-to-be when it matters.
Everyday, there are children that are born prior to getting to the hospital. Many people have absolutely NO idea what to do in this situation. What if we are post collapse? There probably is no hospital to go to, but there may be many medical professionals sporadically placed. Chance are, there would be no epidural. What do you do if you are out of alcohol to disinfect the knives for the umbilical cord?
As I said, we already spent a full 30 hours in a natural childbirth scenario. What you need to do is realize that the majority of women are designed to give birth this way. If we couple this with a COMFORTABLE sterile environment at home, we can make birth extremely successful. Though, not completely necessary, midwives will be the new “specialist” that people may turn to. I say not completely necessary, but if a midwife is available, and you can afford it (which is MUCH cheaper than a doctor and actually has much more experience) then you should have a midwife around as backup.
It is important to take a coaching and childbirth class. You could take the Bradley Method, Lamaze, or even Hypno-Birthing. These are all based on understanding the basic biology of a woman in labor, and knowing many ways to calm and relax the woman, so that she never truly enters a state of pain. They teach the stages of birth, the order of stages, and the emotional state that the woman will be in when they reach these stages.
Do you know the purpose of the umbilical cord? Did you know that it is attached to an item called the placenta? Did you know that it is expelled from the body after birth and that it provides nutrients through the umbilical cord to the new baby until it stops pulsing, which most hospitals cut before it is finished? In an emergency situation 911 will tell you to tie it off, but I am telling you that you should let it pulse until it quits and then cut and/or cauterize it.
There are so many more things I could tell you about childbirth, but this post wasn’t meant to be a book. it is an introduction to birth concepts and birthing kit items. I hope that every midwife has these things and more, but I also hope that everyone else will use this info and become knowledgeable on this necessary skill.
As I write tips for your adventures and hear about cool gear, I will let you know all about it!