Monday, August 06, 2007

I'm Going to Witness a Birth

On Wednesday I will be a “support person” for the birth of my friend’s child at the local hospital. Okay, in English, I’m going to be in the room when a friend gives birth on Wednesday (she’s being induced). I’m totally freaked out. Her husband will be there as well, but I fully expect he’s going to be a basket case. Any advice on how I should support her and what to say to encourage her during delivery?

Help! Any and all advice is welcome. Where's my Rescue Remedy?

Update: The delivery's been moved to Thursday. One more day to worry.


Blogger Jen said...

ADVICE: do what I would do..

don't go

Aug 6, 2007, 1:03:00 PM  
Blogger Zed said...

I wish. I've been watching A Baby Story on cable for four months, and I'm still not ready. Yikes! However, on the brighter side, it should provide interesting blog fodder. Vomit-inducing blog fodder.

Aug 6, 2007, 5:20:00 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Agree with everything she says. Trust me on this one. And after the blood and gore be prepared for the most wonderful event ever. Its amazing.

Aug 6, 2007, 6:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eeeww. Yuck.

Aug 6, 2007, 8:07:00 PM  
Blogger Zed said...

Thanks, Mel. The end result will be wonderful. It's just getting there. So if have this right I just "yes" and keep my eyes closed until the baby pops out. Sounds good to me.

Welcome back, Dick! You have incredible nerve to stay away from your blog for so long. Oh how we suffered!! Hey, did you bring your fans souvenirs?

Aug 6, 2007, 8:53:00 PM  
Anonymous jane said...

here's what to say: no.
too much blood and guts for me. that's why there are nurses and doctors. what a great friend i am, huh?

Aug 6, 2007, 9:32:00 PM  
Blogger chelene said...

As long as you're prepared for possible poo, screaming, after-birth and cord-cutting you'll be fine, Zed. I've never been in the delivery room myself but that "special episode" of NOVA on PBS emblazoned itself into my brain.

Aug 6, 2007, 10:38:00 PM  
Blogger Zed said...

Thank you Chelene ... I feel so ... "encouraged." :)

Aug 6, 2007, 11:02:00 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

yeah, good luck with that.

Aug 7, 2007, 8:35:00 AM  
Blogger Sans Pantaloons said...

The journey is the reward. Witness, miracle and privilege all come to mind. I hope all goes well. Pass my regards to your friend. (as if she will be in any state to care...:¬)

Aug 7, 2007, 10:53:00 AM  
Blogger Zed said...

Thanks Sans. The whole process really is a miracle and a blessing.

They've now moved the delivery date to Thursday. I've been given an extra day to mull this over, and the "mulling" isn't going well. But I'll be there. I can't let her down--her mother already has, by refusing to be in the delivery room. That's why she asked me ...

Aug 7, 2007, 11:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd care, Sans.

Aug 7, 2007, 3:49:00 PM  
Blogger Sans Pantaloons said...

Dick, I know you would care. I would hold your hand and caress your brow.
You never know what pictures are out there...

Aug 7, 2007, 4:16:00 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

I was there when my nephew was born, no big deal. although my BIL was there as well and was more of the coach than I was.

Aug 7, 2007, 4:46:00 PM  
Blogger Zed said...

Dick, aren't you currently involved with Bill Clinton? Why are you messing with Sans?

Teri, I so appreciate your telling me that! This friend is a bit of an over-reactor about the smallest of things, so I worry she might get out of control during a painful delivery. But I'm thinking nurses can be very abrupt and straight shooting, so I'm assuming they will take control and verbally slap her around a bit. :) Here's hopin'!

Aug 7, 2007, 5:04:00 PM  

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