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Awesome Joel! That makes my husband look like a rock (he passed out during my first internal ultrasound) (and had bloody abrasions) (from the carpet).

Episiotimies DO SUCK and theee worst is going to the bathroom. Trust me, if you get one, TAKE THE PAIN MEDS and pee in the sitz bath. You probably don't know what that means now, but you will. Just fill it up with warm water and pee in it. I hope you never have to use that information.

Love you! It's all worth it, TRUST ME!

OMG so scary. I'm SO GLAD that Joel is okay. And SO IRRITATED that the nurse didn't say, "No biking. We will call you a cab or I will drive you home myself."

I hope this was a one-time only thing that NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN.

Oh my word, that is scary. Bart has passed out probably five times (always at hospitals), but never in my presence and I am suddenly feeling very glad I've never been there to witness it.

Also, nothing annoyed me as much as people asking about my birth plans because, um, my birth plan was pretty much "get to the hospital and get drugs." And, hey, it worked out fine.

AND, I think it's a great design that you can't actually see your baby being pushed out. I'm glad my head and eyes are far away from that end.

I completely freeze in situations like that, too, and I always feel awful afterwards--like I should have done something more helpful than just standing there, frozen in panic. I've seen Tim pass out before, and it's one of the most awful feelings in the world to see that happen and not be able to do anything about it. It sounds to me like you handled the situation really well.

Tim does not do well with hospitals, needles, blood, or really any of the things that are prevalent during labor and delivery. He's very concerned about getting through "the blessed event" and remaining conscious. Definitely something we need to discuss with our doctor and see if she has any suggestions on how to help him through it.

Seriously, with the bike riding. I'm sure that nurse was harried and all but... really? With a possible head injury? Surely there was a way other than blatant rudeness. I'm glad Joel is okay and still breathing.

In any case, have you talked about feeling faint during labor? My husband is super twitchy about blood and I was worried he'd pass out during delivery. We chatted and I told my midwifery practice, just so they'd know ahead of time.

When I delivered at University of MD, he stood near the head of bed with a chair behind him, just in case. But he did just fine. I think actual adrenaline of the event kept him busy; too excited to meet our daughter.

No matter what your pain med preference, I would (as nicely as possible, not trying to be assvice-y) recommend trying to think about some coping mechanisms. If you choose an epidural, you won't get it right away even if you're dilated since you need fluids and it takes a bit for anesthesia to arrive. You can get some IV meds but you'll still need to wait for complete pain relief.

The discussion about how terrible and awful it is isn't a great labor modality. Acknowledge the suck and move on to coping, breathing, etc. Knowing what might happen is great but too much focus on the negative is bound to frighten. I didn't have my kid at Hopkins because I found them a little too focused on the scary! blood! pain! aspects of things.

Oh Joel. That is my fear. I keep asking Brooks if he thinks he will be okay. And the thing is I think he thinks he will be fine BUT this is the guy that won't donate blood because he is nervous about passing out since a vile or two is about all he can handle when he has blood drawn.

I almost passed out twice (different occasions) during blood donations. I kind of think this is a good thing because now I know how to prevent passing out.

Brooks was in the ER once and when I came in he was strapped down to a body board, his head was wrapped up and his clothes had been cut off. I thought I was going to pass out so I told him that I had to run to the bathroom real quick so that I could go in there and take in lots of oxygen. Shew. I still had to sit down.

So while my dear husband thinks he is going to be all strong and tough, I think that seeing his wife in a slightly overwhelmed and bleeding state is going to be more than he expects.

I watched a vaginal delivery on YouTube shortly after becoming pregnant (don't do this!) and started crying because of the ripping, tearing and blood. I had to look away a few times but I forced myself to keep watching so that I would really know what happens down there. Needless to say, watching one was enough...

Oh my GOODNESS!! I'm so glad he's okay! I'm also in shock that the nurse was okay with him biking home. That seems incredibly unwise :/

I know I'm supposed to be frightened and concerned about Joel passing out...but I can't help but giggle. Sure, it had a lot to do with a stuffy room and low blood sugar, but in a few years this story will be priceless! :)

xox

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