The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth - For the Best Birth Possible!
Homework Answers for the Entire Workbook
...................................Class 1
The only answer that isn't obvious from the previous pages is that the "3 B's" are back, belly and bottom.

Easiest homework you ever had, right?  Remember to practice the exercises so you'll have the stamina and flexibility to push out this baby!  Squat, pelvic rock, Kegels, butterfly, and tailor sitting.  

...................................Class 2
         Good for you;  you did the homework and now you're checking to see if your answers match up!  Next class, tell me the homework code word: "yummy," and I'll give you a yummy thing to take with you to the birth.

1.   No way. 
2.  Immediately.  Find out.
3.  Colostrum.  Antibodies and high in fat (important for mylenation and maintaining body temperature.)
4.  Generally, less than 10%.
5.  1-3 days postpartum.  3-5 if Pitocin was used in labor.
6.  Definitely NOT.
7. Over-full breasts (very uncomfortable).  Nurse on cue:  frequently!  Nurse often, put warm cloths on breasts or take a warm shower.....gentle massage from way back under the arms, towards the nipple.
8.  By baby's sucking.  Supply and demand is the most basic rule of breastfeeding. 
9.  About every 2 hours, often with 1 or 2 longer stretches of sleep.  Generally if a newborn sleeps more than 3 hours more than twice in 24 hours, wake him to nurse.
10.  No.
11.  Nipple confusion, decreased milk supply, allergic reactions, mistaken measuring, insufficient sanitation, milk too old, etc.
12.  Nature and a copy. 
13.   Have you found out yet?
14.  Yes
15.  Yes
16.  Yes 
17.  Yes
18.  No. (except in the rarest form of jaundice, breastmilk helps CURE jaundice.)
19.  After 6 months.
20.  Support the mother, shut up naysayers, admire the healthy baby.  Advantages for you:  more sleep, huge financial savings between 1,138.00 and 3, 163.00 in the first year), easier, happier and healthier wife AND baby.......and so many more! 
21.   Nearly constant
22.  Nearly constant
23.  500 calories a day
24.  Good;  ideally like while pregnant 
25.  Whatever she dislikes
26.  Babies nurse better than machines.  Machines can damage breast tissue if on too high or fast or if flange is wrong size.
27.  Can lead to a yeast infection (which can lead to thrush, for which both mother and baby must be treated.)
28.  Red spot, soreness, flu-like symptoms.  Call me;  also, warm compresses, gentle massage, frequent nursing, lots of fluids and rest 
29.   No! 
30.  and of course La Leche League meetings:  free and happening every month.
31.  Gradually, and with love.

1.  Because weight gain varies considerably, based on individual women, but babies's and mothers's nutritional needs are consistent and well-researched.
2.  About 35 lbs.
3.  So he'll grow well and healthy and be able to handle the stresses of labor.
4.  To support the pregnancy, of course, but also to support all the tremendous physical changes going on in her body:  an increase of 50% blood volume, for instance.  Also to protect her from depleting her mineral stores.  Also to support the speedy growth and development of the biggest muscle:  the uterus.  There are so many reasons!
5.  The last month.  Huge changes!
6.  Toxemia :  75 grams or more protein daily = 0% toxemia  PROM : strong, healthy membranes are far less likely to rupture early Good nutrition provides the nutrients, salts & fluids needed for the normal protective increases in blood volume.
7.  Dairy: 4 servings.  Eggs: 2.  Protein: 2.  Greens: 2.  Whole grains:  4.Citrus: 1-2.  Fats and oils: 3.  Yellow and orange-colored fruits and vegies: 5 servings per week  Salt: salt to taste  Water: drink to thirst.
8.  Simply, your body doesn't work as well.  There are many variables and possible problems with deficiencies.  
9.  Good nutrition protects you and the baby, helping you through a challenging time. 
10.  Drugs, smoking, mercury, artificial sweeteners, aluminum, chemicals, pesticides, caffeine, junk food, additives and preservatives, used kitty litter, raw meats and fish, off-gassing petroleum-based products, such as new rugs, mattresses, baby furniture, paints and stains, etc. 
11.  Breastmilk!
12.  You'd schedule time, and practice, wouldn't you?  You'd eat well and take good care of yourself.

the pregnancy exercises from Class 1
the new Kegel exercise:   tighten muscle and slowly, on purpose, release it.  100 times per day.

filling in & totaling your pink nutrition sheet

Eat well.  You're building a person!  Your baby is not a parasite, and can't take nutrients from you that you don't have.  Eat good foods, and don't worry about every little thing.  Moderation is key.  Control what you can, and let the rest go.  Squat, pelvic rock, Kegels, butterfly, and tailor sitting.

.......................................Class 3 
Coaching Challenges p. 25
1. For you to figure out.
2. Check with Human Resources at your company.
3. Think about this ahead of time so you don't get discouraged. See p.24
4. Swimsuit, and change of clothes.  Hospitals don't provide scrubs to dads anymore.
5. Consider garden clogs or Crocs or swim shoes. (Job Lot may have them cheap.)
6. And whatever else you may need -- medications of your own?
7.  Orange juice (her favorite kind -- write your last name on it with a Sharpie pen and pop it in the fridge on the labor and delivery floor.  Also: peanut butter and crackers, some hard cheese, grapes, fresh pineapple, watermelon, honey sticks, snack-sized apple sauce, your preferred soda pop, etc.  No food that has a strong smell.  Leave the tuna, garlic, pepperoni, etc. at home
8. 2 fine-toothed combs, 1 or 2 foam kneeling pads (the gardening type you can pick up cheap at Job Lot, Benny's or Christmas Tree Shop), 2 tennis balls (not dog-chewed up, but not stinky brand-new either) and 1 pair of tube socks, lotion, music, battery-operated candles
9. Be aware of your body mechanics, don't hurt yourself.  Use your weight, not your muscles when possible;  lie down and rest together; eat, drink and go to the bathroom when needed.
10. Go.
11. Rub your back, give you a break, get you food and drink, make phone calls with updates, pray, walk your dogs, take care of your pets.

Study Helps on p. 26:
1.  There are pros and cons we discuss in class - or privately -and these can inform the choices you make for yourself. So I'll be very brief here and we'll talk these over as much as you need.
Birth place: RI doesn't have any free-standing birth centers, so your options are limited to hospital or home.  Although a hospital is most widely chosen in the US, research shows that home births, with a trained provider (midwife or doctor) are at least as safe.
Cesarean:  pros: can save your life or baby's life, when medically necessary;  cons:  its overuse (according to the W.H.O.) has led to more babies and mothers injured or dead than is acceptable.  C/section rates should between 10-15%, and the USA's is over 32%.  Surgery always has potential risks and serious side effects; here are a few: infection, nicked bowel, scarred uterus leading to possible placenta previa, embolism, and always major abdominal surgery.
Circumcision: pros:  tradition, some religious expectations.  cons:  can be dangerous, cause excessive bleeding, pain, has no medical value and is now considered, in the US, to be "cosmetic" surgery.  The physical risks are high and the only proven benefits are sociological in some groups.  Google "intactivism."
Ultrasound:  pros: can alert doctors to serious problems with babies, are fairly cheap (when covered by insurance) and readily available.  cons: have never been proven safe and significant research (see Doris Haire's work, among others at shows real risks on a cellular level.  Another con:  ultrasounds are not accurate for many of the tests they're used for and doctors often give these flawed tests more weight than is reasonable, leading to misdiagnoses and considerable anxiety for the parents.
EFM:  pros: can alert medical staff to fetal distress.  cons: are overused and have NOT diminished fetal morbidity or mortalilty, but instead increased C-section rate, leading to increased infant and maternal morbidity and mortality.  Also, generally requires mother to be on a short leash to the EFM computer, and so unable to walk around much in labor.
Exams (vaginal):  pros: can bring encouraging news about labor progress and may alert doctor or midwife that baby's position is difficult.  cons:  uncomfortable (at least), may introduce germs leading to an infection, can be discouraging for mother, can be inaccurate, are only part of the picture of labor's progression.
Bed Rest:  pros: can prolong pregnancy, allowing baby more time to develop before premature birth.  cons:  weakens mother, is depressing
Admitting procedures: the pros and cons depend on which procedures, of course.  ask your HCP what you can do ahead of time;  paperwork, gown, draw blood, vaginal exam, pee, blood pressure, monitor strip of ext. EFM, questions, ID, insurance cards, etc. IV routine IV, heparin lock, saline lock.
Options:  Ask me about ones you're wondering about.
IV:  pros: may be needed, especially if you have thin or rolling veins (most hospitals insist on maternity patients having a hep lock, which is a capped-off IV "just in case").  cons: meds may cause allergic reactions (particularly drugs you've never had before), the wrong medication could be used, it's uncomfortable, it's rare that a mother needs it, etc.  Also, IV fluids during labor are insufficient for laboring women who are quite capable of eating and drinking and so simply don't need glucose fluids given intravenously.  

2. Stretches, walking, swimming, low-impact aerobics, bicycling (if you're used to it), yoga,pelvic rocks, squats, and tailor sitting.
3.  By the mother's bones, muscles, fat, and uterus, by the amniotic fluid, amniotic sac...pretty much everything around the baby is protection from bumps from outside.
4.  You know this.
5.  Ask your HCP for a list.  Ask what the tests are looking for and what the options are depending on what the tests find.  Ask (or look up for yourself) the accuracy of the tests.  For example, ultrasounds can be off by as much as 2 pounds when estimating baby's size!  Before agreeing to a test, learn enough to decide whether you'd change your plans because of the outcome.  Also, blood and urine tests, fundal hgt, beta strep, glucose tolerance, amnio, ultrasound, dopler, biophysical profile, Bishop’s score
6. Ask questions, gather information, talk it over with your partner, then with your HCP, make sure you understand risks and benefits.  Remember, you're protecting yourself AND your baby, so don't be afraid to speak up and ask for clarification.  Ask for research and references and drug inserts, if you wish.
7.  Doppler, fetoscope, palpitation, ultrasound, counting kicks, fundal height measurement, pinard stethoscope, normal stethoscope,  etc.
8.  Fetoscope, Doppler, ultrasound
9.  Partners, YOU fill this out.

If you tell me in our next class what the secret word is (placenta), I'll actually give you a prize for doing your homework!  

Squat, pelvic rock, Kegels, butterfly, and tailor sitting.

..................................Class 4
Homework this week:
the pregnancy exercises from Class 1
the Study Helps for this week's chapter
the new Kegel exercise
the relaxation technique, or the one on this chapter's topic page
filling in & totaling your pink nutrition sheet

"Birth is a bridge between pregnancy and motherhood.  Birth is magical, but not mysterious." - Marjie Hathaway, Co-founder and President of the AAHCC 

1.limp and relaxed
6. relax, contraction
8.opening , flower
9. down
10 through , pelvis
11 fantastic
12 radiant
13 you
14 stream
15 go, in
16. comfortable

2nd Stage:
17. (dis)comfort
18. it
21. the baby
22. relax between contractions
23. proud
24. did
25. love

Homework this week:
the pregnancy exercises from Class 1
the Study Helps for this week's chapter
the new Kegel exercise
the relaxation technique, or the one on this chapter's topic page
filling in & totaling your pink nutrition sheet

...................................... Class 5 
2. relax, stamina, muscles are prepared, 
4. slows down natural progression of labor 
6. in first stage, stay off your back, good upright position gets baby in good alignment and prevents pain.
8. depends on which meds. Pitocin, Stadol, Demerol, Cytotec, Cervidil, and various narcotic cocktails making up epidurals.
Signs of dehydration:  increases in pulse rate, blood pressure, temperature, which leads to a misdiagnosis of infection and so antibiotics by I.V. , which can lead to thrush and additional tests and antibiotics being given to the baby. Also, you getting headachy, weakened, and dizzy.
11. Coach. Dad. List the items on the coach's checklist on p. 37.

There was a LOT of information this class.  Please ask any questions you may have...other students probably have the same concerns.

Squat, pelvic rock, Kegels, butterfly, and tailor sitting.

Homework this week:
the pregnancy exercises from Class 1
the Study Helps for this week's chapter
the new Kegel exercise
the relaxation technique, or the one on this chapter's topic page
filling in & totaling your pink nutrition sheet

..........................................Class 6 
1.   Yes
2.   Have her lift her chin off her chest and talk or sing while waiting as patiently as possible for the cervix to finish dilating.  Don’t forget to try the alternative squat position for a cervical lip! 3.   Tune into your body.  Knees back (as though hung over your ears, not out like your elbows!), elbows out, chin on chest, push to point of comfor
 5.   If the perineum is relaxed and flat (or it’s bulging during 2 stage cntx.) 
 7.    Remind the mom and the HCP that she’s trying to avoid an episiotomy – to ease the baby out, not shoot it out. 
 9.       Well? 
 11.   SOOO many!! Colostrum for the baby is truly the baby’s first immunization against the world’s germs, breastfeeding right away teaches the baby to suckle right, decreases maternal bleeding by helping the uterus contract and helps the placenta detach soon, helps mother and baby bond, calms baby.  Simply, it’s natural and right;  anything less is a negative interruption. 
 13.   Bring some with you.  The vit C helps with tissue repair, the fructose brings up blood sugar level, the juice replenishes fluids, and it tastes so good! 
 15.   As soon as she wants.  Bring some – the cafeteria may be closed.  Or ask the nurses for a list of restaurants that will deliver to the hospital (you could find this out from your favorite restaurants long before going into labor, of course!)  

 3. 8 cm or beyond 
 5. The Ferguson reflex.  When the baby descends and presses against mom’s rectum. 
 7.  The uterus can’t get in proper alignment (wrong angle for baby), also  weight of uterus may cut off blood flow to baby.  Fighting gravity! 
9. 2 hours ( a few minutes to 8 hours is still normal) 
 11.  It helps clear mucus and fluid (and sometimes meconium) from baby’s nose, mouth and throat.   
 13. To prevent a tear toward the clitoris or into the rectum. 
 15. Bonding, immunities from colostrums, maintains baby’s respiration and temperature, and feels so right.  

Homework this week:
the pregnancy exercises from Class 1
the Study Helps for this week's chapter
the new Kegel exercise
the relaxation technique, or the one on this chapter's topic page
filling in & totaling your pink nutrition sheet
also, contraction and relaxation practice (with ice cubes)

Aren't you glad you're taking the time to check these answer pages?  Some students don't bother, but I really think it helps.  Would you do your fellow students a favor and mention in class that you find this homework helpful?  They may need a nudge to do their homework, and I hate nagging.  Thanks!

.......................................Class 7
1. Benefits, risks, and normal sequelae (things that follow)
2.Fetoscope, stethoscope, dopler, ultrasound, external electronic fetal monitor, internal EFM
3. Be polite and friendly.
4.Decreases pain, makes labor more effective
5. 41 weeks and 1 day
6. They prepare the baby and the mother's bodies for labor and birth.  BH cntx usually begin as early as 6 weeks pregnant, and they are brought on by baby's movements, uterine growth, hormonal changes.
7.  You tell me.
8.  You tell me.If you did the homework this week, tell me the password next class.  The password for a prize is privacy.  
the pregnancy exercises from Class 1
the new Kegel exercise
filling in & totaling your pink nutrition sheet

There are risks and benefits to all our choices.  Make sure you have the info you need to make the best decision at that time.  Ask for clarification, more than once if needed.  Ask for time alone for the 2 of you to talk things over, especially if you have a doula -- this is one of the reasons you want to HAVE a doula!  Consider asking if you can wait a while before making a decision you're not eager to make.  
Remember BRANN :  Benefits?  Risks? and Not now.

......................................Class 8 
Overdue:  counting kicks, NST (non stress test), ST (stress test), BPP (bio physical profile), Bishop profile
PROM: note TACO (Time, Amount of fluid, Color and Odor;  artificial, spontaneous, prolonged 
Herpes:  C-section
OP:  Stairs, lunge, cross-sacral push
LOA:  no problem, just keep moving around
Breech:  swim, position, external version, Webster's Technique, or moxibustion
Transverse Vertex Presentation:  C-section or change position a lot.
Transverse Lie:  C-section
Fast Labor:  accept it, wrap your head around the new reality
Slow Labor:  patience, eat, drink, rest; ask whether it might be prodromal labor
Reverse Dilation:  no need to know about it -- keep those vag. exams to a minimum!
Arrested Labor:  go home, be glad you didn't let them AROM
False Labor:  ignore it.  Make sure you're packed.
N.A.P. dim lights, put sign on door that you're resting, both of you lie down and rest. Thank God for the blessing of a rest period!  Remember, it happens in 50% of labors.  It's NOT "failure to progress."  There are good reasons for it;  sometimes subtle, sometimes known only by the baby. 
FTP : change position, sleep, make-out, nipple stimulation, etc.
Very painful labor:  tell medical staff
Meconium staining:  It's quite normal and seldom a problem
CPD : C-section
Fetal distress: change position, side-lying  or hands and knees or in tub is often best.
Multiple births:  hiring a nanny, asking for help (meals, visits) from folks at your church or among your friends and family, therapy, bigger house
Vaginal Exams:  Just say "no, thank you", or be unavailable (in the shower, for instance).
Low AFI : drink plenty of fluids, esp. in the 24 hrs before you'll have another ultrasound done.

Homework this week:
the pregnancy exercises from Class 1
the Study Helps for this week's chapter
the new Kegel exercise
the relaxation technique, or the one on this chapter's topic page
filling in & totaling your pink nutrition shee
also, contraction and relaxation practice (with ice cubes)

Try to surround yourself with positive, supportive people.  If someone wants to tell you her birth story and it's anything but positive, cut her off.  Really.  Tell her your doctor advised you not to listen to scary or worrisome stories.  (If you want to be nice, tell her you'll be glad to hear her story once you have one to share, too.)  You're not putting toxins into your body.  Don't let others put them into your mind.

.....................................................Class 9 
Rainbow suggestions:
 Strawberry, orange, banana, lime, blueberry, grapes   
 Tomato, orange pepper, yellow squash, green peas, eggplant cauliflower  
Rose, tiger lily, daffodil, grass, hydrangea, lilac, daisy
NOBODY EVER SAYS, “We practiced too much.”   
  1. cf. p. 38 chart
   1Pre-labor 1 (not really a question) 
 3 Because it’s hard to tell pre- from real labor  Dr. Bradley advised that if you are unsure of whether the contractions are “real”, you should change position :horizontal to vertical or vice versa.  If you’re lying down, get up and walk around.  If you’re walking, rest.  Or take a shower or eat.  If the contractions continue regardless of your activity or position, it’s real labor. 
 5 supine 
 7  Change into gown, BP, pulse, urine sample, blood sample, temperature taken;  external EFM, vaginal exam, admitting questions. 
 9 If you’re less than 5 cm dilated;  before late 1 stage 
11. Practice active and conscious relaxation!!
THE MORE POWERFUL THE CTX, THE SOONER THE BABY WILL BE HERE, so welcome the power of the ctx.  
 14 tense/relax, progressive relaxation , stroking, massage, muscle observation 
 16 reassure, praise and encourage her, be advocate for her, do NOT fight w/ staff, use good verbal coaching “I’m here with you.  We will do this together.  You’re doing great.” 
 18 Wish they’d turn down the lights;  shh, the noise is so distracting;  I wish my coach would keep talking - don’t shut up when nurse comes into the room;  don't look at the monitor - I’m the one in labor, not the machine!   
I'm glad you're doing the homework;  you're really putting in the effort and time to make this a wonderful birth!  Your baby would thank you if he or she could.  I wonder if you've ever prepared for such an important event before.....bigger than a wedding, a graduation, a job's somebody's birth!  And not just anybody, your darling child!  Next class, tell me the secret homework word:  "sphincter law" and I'll give you a reward!
 2 physical alignment of baby and pelvis, softening of cartilage and increase of flexibility of ligamenets and tendons from hyaluronidase and  relaxin, pelvin enlarging, production of oxytocin, breasts preparing nourishment and immunities, production of endorphins, rest, food and water needed for energy, rite of passage (for mother, father AND baby) (fear, issues, stress, acceptance – let go, exhaustion – mental and physical)   
 4 keep her from getting discouraged, reduce distractions (exams, people, noise) mayt ask to NOT be told dilation, stay enthusiastic, avoid anything that may cause tension.  

8-      11  let’s talk about these in class   
 p. 79 
 2 let’s talk about it Clean and casual gets the best response.

Homework this week
the pregnancy exercises from Class 1
the Study Helps for this week's chapter
the new Kegel exercise
the relaxation technique, or the one on this chapter's topic page
filling in & totaling your pink nutrition sheet
also, contraction and relaxation practice (with ice cubes)

You can do really CAN!!!  Your baby is counting on you, and you are going to feel amazing giving birth! 
We're getting near the end of classes.......what are you still wondering about?  Anything you're worried about?  You can ask privately, if you don't want to bring it up in front of the class.

..........................................Class 10
If you did the homework for this class, tell me in class, and I'll give you a prize! The homework code word is "laughter."

 3 stay positive, keep trying new positions until you find one that works for you, readjust the environment (kick extra people out, turn down the lights, freshen the bed, get in a tub or shower)   Push 

 3.       pp 46 and 47 show the basic positions.
 7.       a.  takes stress off the perineum by approximating a squat b.  to maintain the cushion of air pushing the diaphragm onto the fundus (top of the uterus) to act as steady pressure – like a gentle piston – to move the baby down without giving up progress between cntx. c.   to have the right intra-abdominal pressure to consistently move the baby down – not popping back up like a yo-yo between cntx.  Also, arching your spine in 2 stage is VERY painful!    
 11.Praise and encourage mother, wipe her brow and face if she wishes, offer sips of water or ice cubes, help her be in the position that she wants to be (may mean holding her legs back, supporting a foot, supporting her in  a squat, leaning forward helping to bend her forward………… 
 15.  Mom can try a different position.  HCP can apply counterpressure to ease the baby’s head out instead of letting it come out suddenly.  HCP can apply oil to perineum, gently stretching it a little as needed.  Mom can be reminded not to push too hard. 
 1.       Cut the cord.  Nurse the baby.
5.       7-45 minutes.  Generally, after an undrugged birth, about 12 minutes. 
 9.       Helps prevent blood  clots, feels good, helps the organs begin to move back where they belong. 
 13.   Helps increase blood flow to the area, increasing speed and efficiency of healing.    

Homework this week
the pregnancy exercises from Class 1
the Study Helps for this week's chapter
the new Kegel exercise
the relaxation technique, or the one on this chapter's topic page
filling in & totaling your pink nutrition sheet
also, contraction and relaxation practice (with ice cubes)

Please fill out and return the Teacher Evaluation Form!  If you'd like it to be anonymous, that's fine;  if you'd like to mail it to the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth, that's fine. Constructive criticism gives me a chance to address what needs improving about my classes.  If you like, you can mail it to me at Bellani. Thank you! 

Don't let yourself be induced without a medical reason  Remember, we have Estimated Due Dates, and only the baby knows when he or she is ready to be born!  PLEASE don't be induced;  it starts you off on a very slippery slope that often ends in surgery.  Women whose labor is induced are at least twice as likely to have a C-section, compared to women who insisted on waiting until the baby started labor!  Here in RI, that means a you'd have at least a 64% chance of having a C-section!  That's a far cry from the World Health Organization's recommended 10%.  
Don't. let. them. induce.without.a.real.reason!!

..............................................Class 11  
These are all "YOU fill in the blanks!"  It'll really help you know how ready you are to do it.  Really. :)

Please, spend 5 minutes of quiet with a pen and paper and write down any questions you may have about pregnancy, labor, birth, parenting.........bring the paper to the next class!!

Homework this week
the pregnancy exercises from Class 1
the Study Helps for this week's chapter
the new Kegel exercise
the relaxation technique, or the one on this chapter's topic page
filling in & totaling your pink nutrition sheet
also, contraction and relaxation practice (with ice cubes)

Haven't come to a La Leche League meeting yet?  Come see how nice it is!  Sorry, gents;  ladies only.

For your sakes, look over and practice again each of the relaxation techniques described on the first page of each chapter.  Ask me about any you're unsure of!

I have 2 extra pages that I hope are useful suggestions about new baby care on:  Infant Care and Miscellaneous.  

...........................................Class 12
 To reduce jaundice:  Nurse on cue 

 it’s “witching hour:”
 has a gas bubble

 Rock him, 
colic hold, 
bath or shower, 
speak calmly and softly; 

Homework from now til the baby's born:
the pregnancy exercises from Class 1
the last Kegel exercise, at least 100 times per day
all relaxation techniques
paying attention to your nutrition 
also, contraction and relaxation practice (with ice cubes)

Keep practicing your relaxation techniques;  nobody ever said they practiced too much!  Stay calm.  Call me anytime -- especially once your baby is born!  Your baby is counting on you.  If there's a problem, your OB or midwife will tell you...otherwise, just do what feels right for you.  That may be walking a lot, moaning, yelling, or getting all shrivelly in the tub!  So what?  It's YOUR birth, too!!  

(By the way.......are you all packed?  Got your tennis balls and tube socks?  Breath mints?  Orange juice?  Honey sticks?  Glasses or contact lens' case?  Cell phone charger? Camera?)
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