Ok, I'm a bit baffled. When I stayed at my mom's house a few weeks ago she got me hooked on the Discovery Health Channel. I'm now finding myself flipping to that channel whenever I feel like it during the day to see what gory, gross or interesting thing is on.
Yesterday and this morning I watched a show called Amazing Births. Now I have heard stories of women giving birth in odd places. Even those that didn't know they were pregnant till they gave birth. I'm sure it is totally possible to either be in total denial, uninformed or whatever. But what do you think it is when that baby kicks? GAS? I know when I was pregnant if I had had gas feel like that I would have been worried, lol. Here are some of the strange places I've watched women give birth on this show:
--a woman in Africa gave birth in a tree while flood waters raged around her
--a woman gave birth in her dorm room , not knowing she was pregnant till when the baby crowned. She had been told she could never have a baby.
--the woman from here in the DFW area that gave birth in her classroom. ( I had heard about this one in 2002 when it happened and I just saw it on this show!) It was her third baby, and she thought she was having braxton hix contractions, then her water broke, they got the classroom outside and the school nurse and her teaching assistant delivered the baby.
--a woman caught in an ice storm delivered roadside
--a woman gone into premature labor with twins delivered roadside
--a woman delivered on a ferry boat trying to get to the mainland from Nantucket
-- a 13 yr old Girl Scout delivered her moms baby on the bedroom floor
On one or two of these births I thought to myself, ok, they knew they were pregnant. Some had had kids before, but just thought it was early cramping. Then they'd stop and pack their bags ( shouldn't that have been done like months before? ) drop the other kids off at a babysitters...
Then they would leave for the hospital and not make it.
I know every pregnancy and delivery is different , but hmmm, guess I just can't imagine not being prepared, or having to fight Mother Nature or whatever.
I think the weirdest one we saw yesteday was a woman, knowing she was pregnant, wanted to give birth 'naturally'. Not just meaning no pain meds... she meant no doctors, no hospital, NOTHING!, instead her and her hubby went to some island they knew of and looked for a tide pool of an ocean where it would be peaceful to give birth...
I have also heard of water births, but come on.. in a tidepool? living like Robinson Crusoe? with NO DOCTOR???
I think if I were to ever have another baby, I'd want a water birth. In a hospital, with a doctor. NO tidepools thank you very much:))
I"m sure some of you right now are thinking HUH? just like I was. Look for the channel, watch it, you may just be hooked:)) Here in Dallas on cable it is channel 200 fyi.
Have a great day all!