10.29.2009

A Man Goes Through Labor

I came across the video below and found it rather entertaining. It is a great idea, but there are quite a few flaws to it. I commented on YouTube with a few of those flaws I saw, but am going to continue it here.



Flaws of the study:
  • Most first time mom's have an average labor of 8-24 hours. This means that her contractions will, on average, start out about 15 minutes apart and GRADUALLY, throughout those 8-24 hours of labor, shorten to around 2 minutes apart, lasting for about 60 seconds. This man's study put him at 'contractions' 2 minutes apart at 3 hours of labor... I can tell you, a woman won't experience the last 5-21 hours of her labor with contractions 2 minutes apart. His labor acted more like a 'pit to distress' labor than a naturally occurring one. :)
  • A woman who goes into labor naturally, again, won't be stuck in bed on her back for most of it (like this guy was). She will be walking, moving, sitting, rocking, bathing, etc...
  • They didn't give an adequate representation of labor support. Yes, the OB was great to give suggestions to change positions, but that is not enough. The lights were full on, the women talked and carried him through conversation throughout his 'contractions', they didn't offer massage, labor dancing, hydrotherapy, hypnosis, gentle verbal guidance, touch, etc...
I do commend him, though, and thought it was very entertaining. Also, it was very VERY touching to hear him go through some of the emotional stages of labor and hear his ode to his spouse. :)

5 comments:

mommymichael said...

unless it's a precipitous labor.

although i might add, my labor with my second started at 5am with contractions 2 mins apart. and ranging from 2-5 mins apart sometime in the middle... then getting more intense again.

Nicole D said...

Even then, though, it most likely won't be 2 minutes apart for a whole 5-21 hours more beyond that... it usually means baby is coming soon...

Sarah said...

My labor always starts 2-3 minutes apart...so far my numbers are... 25 hours, 10 hours, 8 hours, 10 hours, and 4 hours.

Jenn said...

I think he's adorable, maybe its his accent, or maybe because his dimples remind me of DH, but I love this video...

mommymichael said...

mine was 10 hours active with my second.

my first didn't start out at 2 mins apart, only progressed to be that way..

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