OK, first I want to address some questions/comments on the birthing pool. Our birthing pool is really a kiddie pool.
It cost me about $25.00 plus shipping online. There are inflatable pools out there for purchase that are meant to be birthing pools- they are deep and have handles inside to grasp. They are much more expensive, however, because they are called "birthing pools" and not just "kiddie pool". The kiddie pool I purchased is also on the site above, but I found it cheaper elsewhere. You can look at the specs if you want. 2 people can easily fit in the pool I purchased. It is not necessarily my goal to "birth in the water". If that is where I end up being most comfortable, great, but my main goal is to use it as a form of pain relief and relaxation during what will be unmedicated contractions. I also have a bed in the same room that I may decide to birth on instead. In response to a comment about water births being frowned upon, I have heard that as well, but I have never really heard of any reasoning behind the claim. If you have any insight into the matter, please, I would like to hear about it. I googled YWCA and water birth but only came up with positives. i would love to read the article!
Before I forget, I wanted to point out how cute my wife's little butt is here:
Now, back to project: eject baby...
what we have tried:
Breast Pumping/ Nipple Stimulation
Pineapple... and LOTS of it!
"Pineapple is said to induce labor as well. Pineapple, as well as papaya and mango, contain a proteolytic enzyme called bromelain. When bromelain is consumed with meals, it assists in the digestion of proteins. When taken on an empty stomach, bromelain acts medicinally as an anti-inflammatory agent. Therefore, naturopathic medicine uses this enzyme to reduce pain and swelling."
I will report back with my results after my "pineapple dinner". My goal is to eat 4 pineapples in one sitting, but I will cut 2 at a time... just in case...
Oh, and Renee- I am on Pacific time FYI :)