Whether you’re expecting for the first time or a labor pro, many women share apprehensions and feelings of vulnerability about giving birth. From contractions and pushes, to messes and family drama – your nurses have experienced every aspect of the labor, delivery and recovery process. Here are the things they wish you knew to help set the record straight.
We’re cheering for you!
“We might appear busy at times because we’re running around to make sure your delivery goes as planned. While there can be hectic moments, don’t think you are bothering us if you have questions or needs. We’re a team and we’re here to help. Nothing makes us happier than making sure you are healthy and safe!”
- Maureen, Registered Nurse, Certified (RNC)
“More so than any other ‘awkward’ thing that can happen, I think this is the part that absolutely mortifies my patients and it absolutely shouldn’t! There’s a lot going on down there and it’s totally normal! It actually is a sign to us that everything is working the way it should.”
- Janet, Registered Nurse (RN)
Your birth plan is just a plan.
“Birthing is unpredictable. While we try very hard to stick to the plan our patients have made with their doctors, sometimes baby doesn’t agree and we have to switch something up if things get serious. It also goes the other way around. We see this a lot around epidurals. Those who wanted it sometimes decide not to do it and vice-versa. Flexibility on both sides is what makes the experience go smoothly.”
- Anastasia, Registered Nurse (RN)
Listen to your body.
“You don’t have to lie down the whole time. That’s what you see in movies, but we always tell our patients to do what feels right to them. It may be more comfortable to stand, squat, lay on your side, etc. If something is not right, we’ll let you know.”
- Julie, Registered Nurse, Certified (RNC)
Tell us if you are scared!
“Pain. Pokes and prods. Extra ‘cuts.’ And C-sections. Those are the things I think scare my patients the most. If you need pain relief, ask for it. If you are freaked out by blood, let us know! Biting the bullet is only going to stress you out more, so let us know when you need a little reassurance.”
- Shelly, Registered Nurse (RN)
Breathing techniques are okay, but not mandatory.
“This is another one of those things that people see in movies that I can tell you isn’t absolutely necessary, in fact the ‘hee-hee-hoo’ breathing usually doesn’t happen like that. There is no right way. As long as your lungs are getting oxygen, everything goes.”
- Carole, Registered Nurse (RN)
Don’t freak out if you didn’t lady-scape.
“Baby comes when baby wants to come and sometimes we get apologies from ladies about the grooming they didn’t get to do before coming going into labor. Pedicures and waxing are the last thing we’re thinking about, so you shouldn’t stress out about that.”
- Bonnie, Registered Nurse (RN)
Sometimes you just need to scream!
“I’ve seen the most poised women turn into screamers. Your baby is going to come out one way or another, so if it helps to scream, go for it. Whatever helps!”
- Joana, Registered Nurse (RN)
Some births are short and some are marathons. No matter the situation, communicate with your care team as they will be with you every step of the way. StoneSprings Hospital Center, delivers elite level care with compassion.