Wow - It's Contraction Time
contractions are strong… you are in active labor and you
need to get to the hospital.
Here are a few tips that you can do in advance to
prepare you for the big car ride:
a swim noodle -- those flexible, styrofoam floatation toys
for children. Cut the noodle into about an 18" length and put
it in your car for the big day. When you are in labor on the
way to the hospital, put the noodle piece behind your lower
back… ahhh, that feels better already!
out alternative driving directions to the hospital, in case
there's an accident or traffic jam on the freeway.
Luckily, most babies don't come during rush hour, but we want
you to be prepared!
your relaxation tape that you've been practicing with during
your ride to the hospital. A walkman with headphones is
best! But if you do play the tape in your car stereo, make sure
you partner focuses on the driving and not the relaxing! If you
don't have a relaxation tape, ask your pregnancy educator, doula
or ob/gyn for a recommendation.
We received today's belly scoop
www.bestdoulas.com. Tracy is a member of DASC (Doula
Association of Southern California) and has participated in more
than 150 births.