How to not have an accidental home or car birth
Many of you all know my birth story for my 3rd babe. Well if you don’t, and you don’t feel like reading the FULL story, here is a quick synopsis. I started contracting at like midnight, nothing this mama couldn’t handle. But by 2am it was unbearable. Our birth plan went into full effect, called my mom to come to the house to watch the boys. We basically flew to the hospital, made it there and I was only 3cm. They monitored me for 2-3 hours, I got sent home. Made it home, tried to sleep, when I got out of bed 2 hours later, BAM full contractions. I didn’t think it was the real deal, and within 20 minutes of being up I delivered a wonderful healthy baby boy. Ambulance came 2 minutes after his birth and took me back to the hospital where I then delivered the placenta and stayed for 24 hours to make sure none of us got an infection because it happened in a non-sterile environment.
So in order to prevent that from happening again, I’m taking matters into my own hands (with the help of my doctor)
- I’m being induced at 39 weeks, just to prevent me from going into labor while not in a hospital (because now I’m considered high risk for precipitous labor…aka rapid labor). I could still go into labor prior to 39 weeks (Joel came at 38) but 39 weeks is the earliest she can induce me for that reason.
- I’m monitoring my contractions very closely with my Bloomlife contraction monitor. Every single contraction, even the annoying Braxton hick’s contractions. I’m doing this, so the second I get a pretty consistent pattern of contraction; I can go to the hospital right away!
- Going to the hospital as soon as it gets consistent: A lot of people like to stay home as long as possible, but especially if this is your first baby I don’t advise that because who knows how fast your labor will progress. The last thing you want is to be on the side of the road delivering a baby, or at home with no one but your husband present!
- Have a game plan in place: If you have kids, making sure you have child care arrangements in place for them. Make sure your car is packed and ready with your hospital bags, prenatal lab records, or whatever you think you might need (to read my “what’s in my hospital bag” post, CLICK HERE). Making sure you have a PLAN A,B and C will save you time when it’s show time. The last you want to do it not be able to leave the house because you have no one to watch your other kids, and possibly be stuck at home delivering a baby.
- Listening to my body, and speaking up: By speaking up I mean by asking my nurse to check me again when I feel like I need to be. That was my mistake when I was in labor with Joel, although I was contracting regularly, and wasn’t dilated when I checked in, I should’ve had her check me one more time before I went home.
More Info on the Bloomlife Contraction Monitor:
If you’ve never heard of the bloomlife contraction monitor, it’s a contraction monitor that’s 98% effortless. With most contraction timers, you have to sit there and really pay attention to your contractions. Well if you’re a mom of multiples like me, there is no such thing as just sitting there and giving your contractions undivided attention. You end up losing track, or mid contraction one of the kids ask for juice so right when your contraction is over, you get up and get the juice and forget to stop the time. A million things come up to where it’s not that accurate. And then you can’t really track the severity of each contraction.
With bloomlife it takes away the hassle of everything I just talked about. You just stick it on your belly, Open up your phone so the contraction monitor and your phone can pair, and then you lay back relax, watch tv, read a book to your little ones, and let Bloomlife do the rest of the work.
Here are some key features of the Bloomlife contraction monitor:
- Accurate information at a glance from your smart phone
- Watch contractions in real time, even ones you might not feel
- 100% passive—does not send energy into the body
- Automatic, hands-free contraction counting and timing
- Record and see contraction patterns, frequency, and duration
- Clinically validated to be accurate, reliable, and safe
- Small, lightweight, and comfortable. Sticks to your belly—no straps or belts
- Learn your personal baseline—what is natural for you Trusted, award-winning technology
So exactly does this little thing work?
It’s a rental, so you pick the week you want to start it. For me, I’ve had it since I was 28 weeks because with all my kids, I get pretty intense Braxton hick contractions pretty early on so it’s nice to be able to track them and put my mind at ease. So when you receive your bloomlife package, it will have everything you need! I like to wear mine in the evening when I’m just relaxing with my husband or overnight while I sleep. So when I wake up, I can see my body’s patterns.
What about pricing?
Its $20 per week, but the best part its FSA/HSA accepted. So if you have a medical expense card, you can use it to cover your weekly rental. Once you deliver your baby and you no longer need the bloomlife contraction monitor, just send it back! It’s that simple!!
This post was sponsored by Bloomlife| But as always, all opinions are 100% my own!