Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
I watched the second episode of Call The Midwife and it has me wondering about your unusual, funny, or interesting stories regarding pregnancy and childbirth.
I knew a young woman whose baby was delivered at home by a midwife. She told me that three hours after she gave birth she was up and washing the bloody sheets. I was rather surprised the midwife didn't clean up and give her after-the-baby is born care, but she was on her own. I don't know how she did it. I could barely walk for a few hours after my children arrived.
I also know a woman who had an underwater birth. Her head was above the water, of course, but the baby was born underwater. I'm not sure how that works, but she said it was a very calm and easy way to give birth.
I didn't use any drugs during childbirth. I didn't want my kids to be born with medications in their systems, but when I mention this to other women, they usually say, Oh, I could never do that.
I don't think I'm that much tougher than anyone else, but I do seem to have a somewhat higher threshold of pain.
When Favorite Young Man was ready to enter the big wide world, the doctor had not yet arrived at the hospital. His head was protruding from my vagina (I said vagina especially for Sandra), and the nurses didn't want to deliver a baby so they pushed him back inside me! All that work I'd already done, and pop! he just went back in.
When I had The Hurricane we told the nurses what had happened with FYM. They were shocked and said, That would never happen here!
Anyway, these anecdotes lead to our What? Monday question, which is the following: Do you have any interesting or unusual stories to tell about your pregnancies or giving birth?
Of course, gentlemen are also welcome to participate. When my dad took my mom to the hospital for the birth of their first child, the nurse started asking him question for the paperwork she needed to fill out. She asked my dad what his wife's name was. He look at my mom and said, What IS your name?
Infinities of love,