After a few false trips to the hospital we finally welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world on Friday afternoon. By the time we arrived at the hospital I was already dilated to a 7 and the nurse said I couldn’t have an epidural. After a little begging I think I was given a “fake” one because I felt everything. But we are soooo glad to have her here.
Her first bath after a day and a half of waiting for one. They told us the “coating” was good for her skin and to wait to bathe her. It’s was fun to see some of the differences of giving birth from the States and here. Apparently, it’s no big deal to submerge the baby in water and get her umbilical cord wet.
A few note worthy differences from giving birth in the States vs. Switzerland:
*Lights go out when you are in labor, they have candles all around. Do they really think it’s relaxing?
*There are ropes hanging from the ceilings, mats on the floor, medicine balls around to help deal with the pain.
*The thought of an epidural….why would you want that. You can give birth in the relaxing bath.
*No gowns needed. Just wear your clothes or walk naked.
*The midwife does all the work. The Dr came in the last few minutes, didn’t even scrub up- delivered the baby in his suit, but he did put on gloves.
*When the baby came out, they immediately handed her to me and disappeared for 2 hours.
*The nurses were amazing. Going as far to ride her bike from home to bring you baby nail clippers.
*Overall it was a pretty amazing experience and we are really blessed she is here and healthy.