Dave’s Labor Advice And Sundries

November 19, 2010 in Infant & Labor  

Dave’s Labor Advice And Sundries

A while back my buddy Dave Groom helped me learn how to make an old fashioned cocktail. Well, he’s back and today he tells us about his labor story.

In this video we get into:

  • What were you most afraid of going into labor?
  • What was labor actually like for you?
  • What advice do you have for expectant fathers worried about labor?
  • What’s the longest sh!t Chase has ever shat?

Please Comment & Add Your Voice!

Kyle November 19, 2010 at 11:24 am

My son Sam is one month old as of today so I’ve been thinking a lot about “Labor Day” as I reflect on his birth. Before labor I was worried that things would go completely wrong and that no one would pay attention to our wishes. I also worried that everything would be fine for the whole labor and then a last minute complication would come up. Luckily, this did not happen. Our labor experience was one of a successful, healthy birth despite my wife running a 100º fever during pushing. I cut the cord, we cuddled with him for an hour starting the moment he was born, and I followed the baby. Follow the baby! Now, some advice about labor for expectant fathers:

1. Don’t overpack. Our labor started with my wife’s water breaking at 1:45am. We hadn’t packed anything except his diaper bag. By the time we left for the hospital at 4:00am we had filled up the back of our SUV. Not a good idea. Start thinking now about what you’ll need at the hospital and make a packing list. And be realistic. A couple changes of clothes for the two, a packed diaper bag, the car seat, a camera, and a computer is probably all you’ll need.

2. The birth plan. You’ve probably read about it here. Write one. In fact, write two. One for the birth and one for the recovery/hospital stay. Our nurses and midwife were very good about following the birth plan through labor and delivery but once we got to the mother/baby room our door was revolving. Unannounced nurse visits? Check. Nurses who say they’ll be back in an hour and then show up after you call them and remind them 3 hours later? Check. Write up a plan for how you want your hospital stay to go and make sure that every new nurse gets a copy. We will definitely do this for child #2 if/when that happens.

3. Ask questions. Didn’t understand what the nurse said? Ask for clarification. It’s your right. You’ll probably even sign paperwork that says that hospital personnel isn’t authorized to do any procedures unless you tell them that you’ve understood what they’ve said.

4. Enjoy every minute of it. You’re going to meet the child you’ve been waiting on for the last 9 months!

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Chase November 19, 2010 at 11:35 am

Nice! Great advice Kyle. Congrats on your one-month-old… hope you make it through this year with flying colors. Cheers!

Paul November 24, 2010 at 8:49 am

“Did you call your healthcare provider?”

Classic!

With my countdown to due date well on its way, I will take this advice to heart. Thanks guys

I wonder what’s going to be the first thing out of my mouth?!

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Chase November 24, 2010 at 10:47 am

HA! Be sure to tell us what you say, Paul!

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