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#21 Posted on 10.6.05 0808.34
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For our three deliveries, we had my wife, myself and my wife's best friend in the room. That's it.

Natural, C-section and then natural again. No epidurals. Tough piewife. Really tough. Way tougher than me.

For the C-section, I chose to wait outside and peek in the little window. Good choice, though the doctor was pretty cool. He was about our age and had a good time drawing faces on my wife's belly with the antiseptic stuff. Funny the things you remember.

Good luck!
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#22 Posted on 10.6.05 0912.01
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Thanks again everyone ...

My wife will for sure be getting the shot. I'm kinda a wuss when it comes to blood & needles (I gave blood for he first time yesterday & nearly passed out, if that tells you anything). I've always heard definitely to NOT look down when the afterbirth makes its way out.

We're allowed to have 5 people in the delivery room with us. We're still toying with the idea of it being just us two, since it is such a special moment. But we'd also like to have both of our moms & my sister in there, since this is going to be the 1st grandchild on both sides. The kid's already spoiled rotten & he's not even here yet!!! :)
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#23 Posted on 10.6.05 1145.00
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Our first girl took 12 hours of labor and went, thankfully, as uneventful as a child birth could be. However, she had some trouble keeping her food down so she had to stay in the N.I.C.U for a few days. My wife was heart broken that she couldn't come home with us and stayed the the hospital for 5 days.

Our twins came nearly 2 months early and had to be taken via C-section. My wife's water broke and the docs couldn't find a heartbeat on one of the twins so they decided not to risk it and just take them. They were tiny little things, 3lb11oz and 3lbs8oz. They had to stay in the N.I.C.U for 28 days.

We are expecting our 4th on December 12th, can't wait.
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#24 Posted on 10.6.05 1202.39
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The second operation I ever witnessed as a medic in the navy was a C Section. Let me tell you one thing. Its like a frieking science fiction movie. They slice her open and pull a human out. And, if that isnt odd enough to see, then they pull the placenta out and lay it on mom's stomach and check to make sure no pieces stuck. The "cleaning" that was talked about earlier is a "D&C" basically they dialate the entire area and scrape the insides out. Painfull for mom!

AND, it may just be me, but I would keep the number of people to a minimum. Me and the ex were talking the entire time, and I cant imagine having somebody interupting us, or interjecting when we were in conversation about something. I only recall about ten GOOD things from being married, and that long day is one that I remember almost minute by minute. Enjoy it, and relish it.

Also, just pray for a healthy child. Easy childbirth, birth weight, length, hair, etc is secondary. I learned this from wanting a boy so bad and when I did get one, he was ill and had to be flown from Virginia Beach to Washington DC. Healthy is the most important quality. Funny how many people dont mention that as something they "want" when people ask the question "what do you guys want?"

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#25 Posted on 10.6.05 1910.44
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    The "cleaning" that was talked about earlier is a "D&C" basically they dialate the entire area and scrape the insides out. Painfull for mom!


Not necessarily. What's typically done is a "manual extraction", where the obstetrician reaches in with one (or both) hands to pull the placenta off of the uterine wall. Residents are very hot to do this, often because it's a required procedure (in other words, they have to do a number of them to graduate). You have to check the placenta afterward, because if you leave a cotyledon (the "fingers" of the placenta, which lock into the uterine wall) behind, that little piece bleeds like a fire hose, which can lead to serious post-delivery problems. (They also check to make sure the cord has three vessels, as a two-vessel cord can be a sign of problems in the newborn.) In obstetrics, dilatation and curettage (D&C) is typically done more to clear out miscarriages and as a type of abortion.

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#26 Posted on 10.6.05 2107.59
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THat's a better explanation Stephanie. Its been quite a number of years since I worked anyplace where they had post partum patients. I remember a few who would get D&Cs after birth because the placenta didnt come out intact.

Either way, hope you avoid all that!
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#27 Posted on 11.6.05 0448.57
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I would suggest that it's really important that you look after each other evry well when the dust has settled and you're back home. My wife suffered very bad post-natal depression, which was a very trying time for both of us.

Best wishes,

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#28 Posted on 15.6.05 1037.19
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Far beyond the physical effects, the spiritual effect on YOU will be profound.
I never knew terror until I first held that child.
The day after the birth, I was driving...you know, just driving like dudes do to get our heads together...and I wept a loud, sobbing cry like a thousand years of pain leaving my heart. It was the most intense joy I've ever known.
It was like finding a meeting place between heaven and earth...and it is embodied in the soft, fragrant flesh of the child.

You will die. The old you will be forever gone. And you - as others have said - will love it.
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#29 Posted on 17.6.05 1058.49
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Just so happy about this and wanted to share - the lovely Mrs. whatever and I found out today that our second is going to be (another) girl! Due date November 7th.

Hooray!
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#30 Posted on 18.6.05 1911.07
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Remembering how Mrs. Tep was before and after the epidural, I would suggest it. I do remember being the cushion when she was bent over to apply the shot... and damned myself for being out of shape. She held on like a mofo (and naturally so) -- but she was a trooper.

Episiotomy and placenta? I was fine with it; blood, for some reason, is not a bother. It's the other stuff that a woman can expel during childbirth that makes me woozy. I won't get into that. But to see lil' Hibachi-girl in the warming bed, then holding her... best. moment. EVER.

Well, other than the Taz-pose she's got going now that she's learned the motions of "Now I clap [my hands] 1, 2, 3... then I fold them silently."

Oh -- and I highly second the Baby 101 class. Essential. Would do that again in a heartbeat.
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#31 Posted on 18.6.05 2026.25
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    Originally posted by Teppan-Yaki
    Well, other than the Taz-pose she's got going...


As long as she doesn't slap a Dragon Suplex on you, you're fine.

In all seriousness...reading this thread has made this 34-year-old kid realize he is in NO way ready to be a father. At the same time, I'm envious of each and every one of these stories.

All the best to the fellow W's during this time.
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