You MUST read this! If there is nothing else you read during your whole pregnancy, read this one. And give it out to all your pregnant friends too. Not only does it help prepare you just in case you have an a ’emergency’ childbirth situation, but it helps you to understand that birth is not scary, but pretty straightforward.
This is a booklet called Emergency Childbirth by Dr Gregory White. It is written for emergency services workers, who may come across a woman about to give birth as they go about their duties. It covers quite a few different birthing ’emergencies’ and what to do about them.
Here it is:
I just love this quote “In over 95% of cases of emergency childbirth though the emergency attendant will be overwhelmed with gratitude, and widely praised as a hero or heroine, he or she can smile within themselves at the knowledge that their simple tasks could have been performed by any bright eight-year-old.” I know my hubby felt that way after my accidental unassisted homebirth! Everyone congratulated him, and he said ‘but all I did was catch!’ He said, he had so much adrenaline pumping through his system, and all he had to do was stand by and watch and wait (and run to the bedroom to get my printed out copy of this booklet!)