3 Tips To Survive Labor

September 8, 2010 in Infant & Labor  

3 Tips To Survive Labor

So, I’m not completely ready to talk about labor yet — we didn’t have an easy go of it… not that anyone ever has an easy go of labor! But it feels like we’ve got to say something about labor, because it’s a scary thing for a dad.

So in the video below are 3 tips to surviving labor, hand-picked by yours truly to help you be totally awesome at birth.

Please Comment & Add Your Voice!

Jason Clarke September 20, 2010 at 11:15 pm

I’m never getting married.

K, well maybe one day. But by then I’m gonna need a Father Apprentice App.

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Chase September 20, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Lol! K. Let’s do the FA app… wait a second… FA app… FAapp… FAp… fap.

maybe that’s what we call it for short? Or does that send the wrong message? lol.

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matt mehaffey September 21, 2010 at 9:56 am

We went the adoption route and thank God didn’t have to witness the labor thing. I am sure it was “wonderful” and all but seriously … thank God!

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Chase September 21, 2010 at 10:59 am

ha! yea, Matt, labor can be… uh… a bit much. My eyes still burn a bit from the fumes. But my chunky mcLove-nut sure makes it worth while (proof)

That’s so cool you guys adopted!

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Jason Clarke September 22, 2010 at 1:26 am

Hahaha “Fap Fap” would definitely give you tons of downloads, but I’m not sure how many are gonna be your target market.

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Walt October 8, 2010 at 4:15 am

Chase,
Judging by your experience, the labor experience was a breeze for my wife and I. My wife woke up around 2am with mild contractions. She was able to get back to sleep until they worsened around 5am. We hung out around the house and I made her as comfortable as possible. They were hitting pretty hard around 12pm.

This is where things got worse. Neither one of us knew if we should be timing the contractions from Start of Contraction to Start of Contraction or from Stop of Contraction to the Start of the next one. We timed it both ways and called the doctor to let them know the time (6 mins apart).

To our surprise, the doctor told us that she thought that it was false labor (Week before due date and our first child) and that we should hang out until they were 4 mins apart. Less than an hour later I was back on the phone with the doctor telling her that we were going to the hospital.

We get there and the nurse checking us in tells us “Oh yes, we were expecting you. Your doctor called, we need to confirm false labor.” A little annoyed, we went back and sure enough “Oh, your are 2cm dilated and definitely in labor.”

My wife didn’t get an epidural until she was 5cm and the process was rough. They told me I had to remain seated (Which I was fine with, I hate needles). My wifes contractions were on top on one another, I couldn’t believe she was able to remain still, through a contraction, while the anesthesiologist did the epidural.

Once the drugs kicked in the rest of labor was pretty easy. My wife was comfortable, for the most part, and delivered at 8:46pm that evening. Like needles, I’m not good with blood. I survived but there sure was a lot of blood and fluid as the baby was cleaned off. Follow the baby is good advise, you don’t want to see what is going on down there (I wasn’t looking right at it but the view from by my wifes head wasn’t pretty)

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Effie May 23, 2013 at 10:27 am

My husband told me about your site, and I have to admit it’s quite entertaining. I’m glad you’re talking about this stuff, men need to be educated on these issues and you’re doing a really good job of tackling “dadding”.

My labour was crap, and quite scary. Everything you could think of went wrong. Ended up in a C-Section. The recovery is THE worst when you have a C-section.

One more piece of advice…Men…Be extra patient and understanding with your wife after labour. Our bodies just took a beating, and we’re feeling self conscious about our bodies. Our hormones are all over the place, and to top it all off we’re not getting any sleep. We love you, just be a little bit patient. For at least 6 weeks after the delivery. :) We’ll really really appreciate it.

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