About a week ago, i was unfortunate (and fortunate) to be at home with my family when our Tenant went into Labour at home. Her husband was away at the Mainland on work and no one else was in our compound save for us. No one else had a car except for us.
To cut the long story short, she delivered right in our car. We rushed her to the nearest hospital, she came out with a bouncing baby girl (do they actually bounce?) and the rest is history.
This experience has inspired me to write these tips for all the expecting mothers in the house. Here are tips on what to do if you go into Labour at Home and your contraction starts.
1. Find out how quick baby is coming
To find out how close your baby is to delivery, time your contraction. If your contractions are 2 to 3 minutes apart and your water has broken chances are you will give birth soon. Whatever help is coming should be fast.
2. Call for help
Call your husband or whoever is close to your house who can get you to the hospital. If your hospital has an ambulance, get a call to them if they can send an ambulance to you but don’t rely solely on them. You can call your neighbor’s number so he/she can drive you to the hospital
3. Keep your front door open
After calling for help, wait for it. Open the front or back door so that whoever is coming (ambulance/neighbour/family member) can locate you on time and be able to quickly open the door.
Breathe and calm down. A lot of women give birth at home every day, chances are help will come before it turns to that. If you think you might have to give birth at home get these things ready;
- A few clean towels and a basin of water.
- Lay a cloth on your bed or couch and lie on it.
- Lay on your left side to keep the pressure off your vena cava.
5. Resist the urge to push
The urge to push will come, but resist the urge to push by all means because you can deliver too early or damage yourself. Pant (like you do after running) to cover up the pain and if you have to push, make sure there’s a soft place for baby to land on when baby comes.
6. When baby comes out
If your baby comes out before help arrives clean him up by wiping him up and down with a towel, then give them warmth by laying him on your bare chest. Don’t cut the umbilical cord, then place the placenta inside a bowl of water. Rub your baby’s back to help with their breathing and clear their airways by rubbing your finger along the side of their nose.
Meanwhile, have an emergency number on hand, giving birth to baby at home by yourself is not advised especially if your pregnancy is complication-filled.
If you have any other tips on what to do if you go into Labour at Home, please tell us in the comments section below. You may just be saving someone’s life.