Post # 1
I know there are lots of fluids, much blood, and all other sorts of goodies involved in labor but what I don’t know is where it all goes..Does it all just spill on the floor? Or is it collected with drop-clothes or something? I’m overly fascinated by it all 😉
*And if it does make a big mess in the bed or floor…does it get cleaned up right away? Or do you just not care because you’re too happy enjoying baby?
Post # 3
They have towels and a cloth and at least in the hospitals I had clinicals in, pretty much a big trash bag at the end of the bed.
Post # 4
they have these puppy-pad like things and blankets and nurses clear them away throughout the process. that and you don’t notice any of it because you’re otherwise occupied.
Post # 5
They clean as they go, you don’t notice it at all with everything else going on. When I gave birth I felt (sorry TMI) a gush of fluid come out after the baby. I think they have a little pan or something catching it all, when I got up to pee after my stitches nothing was on the floor. I wasn’t in stirrups, my husband and a nurse each had a leg. Under my bum there was like a little tray table thingy covered in plastic, so every time there was blood or fluid the doctor just wiped it away and tossed it in the sanitary container right there. But it’s actually not as much as you’d think really!
Post # 6
I gave birth in a free-standing birth center (out of hospital) and they just had chux pads underneath. They just took them out from under me when I got up to shower after delivery and had fresh ones there when I got out.
Post # 7
They have a bucket on the end of the bed on the floor for the big gush KatyElle was talking about. They also used disposable pads under your bottom. They clean it up pretty quickly and you don’t really notice so much. Once the placenta comes out they inspect it, so don’t be suprised if you see them doing this (warning-placentas are gross).
Post # 8
They put the placenta in a little tray. It’s really gross, and since you’ll likely be starving, don’t look at it if at all possible haha!
Post # 9
That all sounds pretty good! I guess I have a very vivid imagination; glad it’s not as bad as I imagined.
@KatyElle: I have NO intention to look at/around/in the general area of: the placenta. None.
Post # 10
Not gonna lie I’ve wondered the same thing. Glad the OP asked this question. Not something to look forward to, but holding that sweet baby takes the cake. 🙂