How long do they keep mother and baby in the hospital, in France?
We actually didn't do things the standard way, I wanted to talk about this a bit. When the wifo found out she was preggo, I suggested to her that she check out if giving birth naturally might be a good option. I didn't know anything about it myself and wasn't particularly set on doing it that way, it was just a suggestion. It hadn't even occurred to her, most women in the Western world just go the full hospital drugged-up/c-section route, and until I suggested it, that was just the plan. But she did some research and soon decided that natural is the way to go.
So, for about six months prior to the birth, we had bimonthly meetings with a midwife. He would advise us on various aspects of pregnancy and give explanations about what was going to happen during the birth so that when the time came, we were all on the same page.
So, when the day came, we went to a special natural-birthing clinic that we had rented a room in. She started having mild contractions at like 5AM, we got to the clinic about 10AM. She spent probably a good third of the time in a warm bath we had set up. She also walked around and did some stretches at the advisement of the midwife, to help Summer to find her way down. That would be unheard of in a standard French hospital -- you're on your back and drugged up from the 1st second.
Around 7-ish she went into full-on labor, having heavier contractions every 3 minutes. We went to the delivery room (also with a warm bath -- how luxurious) and began preparing for the final stage. Around 8:30 she started the "pushing" part of the whole deal. The only unnatural (and barely) intervention the whole time happened around then -- he broke her water when everything was sort of stagnating, to get it all going again. We worked hard for the next hour and 20 minutes and then my baby came.
We spent about 30 minutes all together alone, and then we weighed and measured her. We spent the night there and left around noon the next morning.
She's super-healthy, and very well acclimated to the world. Way more than a baby who'd been c-sectioned into the world would be at 2 days old. She's really strong as well. She's got legs like a fucking ox. She's suckin' them titties like a pro too. She's really good at it.
There are so many advantages to natural birth. Believe it or not, it's actually more comfortable for the mother, and it's certainly a better experience for the baby. Anybody who's reading this who's planning on having a baby in the near future, please do, for your sake and your baby's, check out natural birth and determine for yourself if it's a good option. I think you'll find it is.