The Rain Stick

Despite my somewhat anti-consumerist last post, I have to crow about this gadget my brother got us: a sprayer that attaches to the toilet for cleaning diapers!

Clips onto the toilet for easy access!

Clips onto the toilet for easy access!

But it’s not just for baby. Who doesn’t like a gentle shower on the nethers every now and again, to clean out the wrinkles and folds? And the cord’s so long I can pull it up to the sink and use it on my teeth!
Gentle Showers

Gentle Showers

Seriously though, every morning while eating muesli and yogurt, I start my day off right by reading about the birth process and the intense physical work (hence the name labor) that it entails. One interesting thing I’ve found is that reports of pain during childbirth vary from woman to woman.

It seems the more a woman knows about the labor process and what to expect, and the greater the state of relaxation she’s in – relaxed as in, not fighting the contraction process, not as in sipping a happy hour margarita on a Friday afternoon – then the more she experience labor as “intense” but not necessarily “painful.” This is also where I come in as birth coach, trying to make sure S’s comfortable, at ease during the early stages, best able to zone out during the active labor, and generally staying out of her way so I don’t add to her anxiety.

Like any physical activity, labor will likely be wearying, but we’ve read that the real pain happens more after the fact, in the week that follows, when there’s swelling and potential bruising and just all around soreness down there. The sprayer will also come in handy then, when wiping may be too painful, and the body’s still expelling gunk. (TMI?)

We’ll take plenty of pictures and keep you posted.


3 Responses to “The Rain Stick”

  1. 1 Steve Greenwood March 19, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    I hope that the pictures you intend to take are not of the gunk.

    Thank you.

  2. 3 John M. April 14, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    My sister’s both said that giving birth was more painful afterwards, when they had soreness and recovery to deal with. I think it’s like that for a few weeks.

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