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post #1 of 28
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Honestly, at this very moment in time my wife is sat on the bed across from me moaning in pain.

She thinks i'm mailing the family.

After 11 hours (and counting) It's not going very quickly.

Any tips (for me or her)

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post #2 of 28
Not to sound insensitive, but what the helll are you doing on a computer??? (übergeek) Turn around...

Oh, and congrats too. 11 hours... OUCH! That's gotta suck!

Got a name? Boy/Girl? Details, details. (But not pics. I get queasy) 8)
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post #3 of 28
There can be a lot of down time with the baby delivery. My wife just had a baby but this one came too soon to survive.

We do have one healthy natural birth.

Tips:

Hot shower. Warm water on the uterus helps ease the pain of contractions.

Walk around. Walking around helps move the hips and gives the baby some motion to "drop"

Food & water. Blah blah blah don't eat because you could be in surgery. Your wife is running a marathon with her contractions. She needs nourishment and hydration. A lot of mouth breathing will dry her up.

Avoid drugs. Drugs that immobilize mothers can lengthen labor. After delivery, if she avoided drugs, it will make her recover faster. My wife started labor at 5am, started "pushing" at 6pm and delivered at 10pm. Drug free. After that she jumped in the shower a 1am and looked ready to go in the morning.

Don't you know all this stuff? Little late to ask.

Call your doula. You did retain a doula, right? If you had you wouldn't be posting looking for advice.

Different labor positions. Works just like walking. Squat, hands and knees, what ever feels best.

Stimulate the nipples. I'm not kidding it's supposed to work.

Positive mental images. Lot's of moral support.

Follow your birth plan. You do have a birth plan right?

Get the baby to the breast asap. They know what to do. The human body is a natural warming blanket for babies. Steady breathing of mom will help the baby adjust to the cruel cruel world.
post #4 of 28
well, this has gotta be a first: an internet message board birth. good luck to you both, and the little one to come...

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post #5 of 28
Dont let your fingers get anywhere near her mouth. My wife bit me during a contraction once, and drew blood.
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post #6 of 28
Hey, good luck on the delivery, man. Thanks for sharing that here, too.
post #7 of 28
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Originally posted by fng
Stimulate the nipples. I'm not kidding it's supposed to work.

Why is it the only thing that comes to mind is: "Not now honey, I'm giving birth." It reminds me of a MadTV sketch many, many years ago.
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post #8 of 28
I think, I think I'm gonna pass out...
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post #9 of 28
what are you going to name the little one?

lemme guess: "CONFIRMED!"
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post #10 of 28
We didn't have a name until about 8 or 9pm.
post #11 of 28
My wife was in labor for 24 hours for our first. She reminds me that I fell asleep several times. Of course my responce was that they should not put such comfortable chairs in there. Our second was 25 minutes after arriving at the hospital. She had pictures out on the web within the hour.

If this is your first, sit back and relax now because your life is about to change big time.

reg
post #12 of 28
Thread Starter 
thanks guys

i'm still here, no baby yet, typing on a crazy rubberised keyboard (wipe cleanable i am told)

thanks for the tips

i will keep you all posted

18.5 hours and still waiting

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post #13 of 28
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26 hrs and still waiting

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post #14 of 28
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Originally posted by e1618978
Dont let your fingers get anywhere near her mouth. My wife bit me during a contraction once, and drew blood.

Mine too.
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post #15 of 28
If she is under stress or if you have any other kids or relatives there, or if she is afraid, you need to run interference.

Also, someone needs to be monitoring the baby's heart tones.

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post #16 of 28
It's always a good idea to repair permissions once she's downloaded.
post #17 of 28
You *are* naming her Lisa right?
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post #18 of 28
Let's save the banter until the baby is delivered and the wife is recovering, alright?

I plan to adopt
post #19 of 28
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Originally posted by Placebo
Let's save the banter until the baby is delivered and the wife is recovering, alright?

If the baby hasn't been delivered by now, the shit has hit the fan. I would assume that the baby is all set, since Mr. rp hasn't posted for a while (he was posting to kill time at the hospital).

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I plan to adopt

From what I've been told, the only way to accomplish this feat is to not get married [to a female] or to cut your balls off.
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post #20 of 28
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HURAHHHHHH

Girl, 6lb 12oz, 9.00 04/10/05 (UK times)

Zoë Marie

thanks guys for your concern, good wishes and helping me waste a little time.

j.

(I was tempted to do a gweith palthro (sp?) and call her Apple but the look on my wife's face made me stick to the pre chosen name)
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post #21 of 28
Far out! Congratulations -- you are no longer a child, you're a parent!

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post #22 of 28
Congratulations! now the real work begins...
post #23 of 28
You named her Zoë just so your Windows-using friends would have trouble typing it, didn't you.

Congradulations! gl and hf for the next twenty years!
post #24 of 28
Quote:
Originally posted by Placebo
Let's save the banter until the baby is delivered and the wife is recovering, alright?

I plan to adopt

You should have heard all the banter while my wife was in labor. PUSH wait 5 minutes PUSH wait 7 minutes. It get boring.
post #25 of 28
Awesome. Congratulations.
post #26 of 28
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Originally posted by Hassan i Sabbah
Awesome. Congratulations.

From my part of the planet as well. Best wishes.
post #27 of 28
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Originally posted by Placebo
I plan to adopt

I have done all the permutations - adopted child, step child, biological child, and part-time raised the teenage children of my sister in law.

Adopting at 11 months old is far easier than a biological child, you miss two years of hell and start in on the fun stuff much more quickly.

The hardest was the step child.
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post #28 of 28
I love Zoë, congrats man great news.
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