My friends having a baby. I need help.?

My best friend of all time is having a baby soon. She 17. And so am I. Well, the father of course left and her parents well thats a different story. So, because of this lack of support she asked me to be there to help her with the birth of her baby. Immedialy I agreed too, but that time is getting closer. She's about 35 weeks now. Im soooooo nervous about this. Im probably going to cry cause, I cant stand seeing people in pain. Shes the strong one, and Im the big baby, lol. But, I got to be there for her since no one else will. I need tips on how to deal with focusing on her comfort and not my parionod ***, lol.

Thx!!!

6 Answers

Relevance
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Follow these steps to help the childbirth go as smoothly and safely as possible.

    Steps

    1. Remain calm. People have to do this all the time; you'll do just fine.

    2. Assess the situation. Labor (the first part of childbirth, where the body is getting ready to deliver) can take a long time. To determine how far along the labor is, first ask the mother if she feels the baby coming or if she feels a strong urge to push. Now time the contractions from the beginning of one to the beginning of the next. Regular contractions less than 2 minutes apart indicate that the baby is ready, as does bulging of the vaginal opening during contractions. If you've still got time, try to get to a hospital, doctor's office or midwife.

    3. Call for help if possible. If you've decided you don't have time to get to a childbirth professional, call 911 for an ambulance. That way, help will arrive soon if you experience complications. The dispatcher should also be able to either talk you through the delivery or connect you to someone who can.

    4. Clean your hands and arms well with soap (preferably antibacterial) and water. If soap and water is not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizing product or rubbing alcohol. Whatever you can do, try to get your hands as clean as possible to prevent giving the mother or baby an infection. Wear sterile latex gloves if available.

    5. Find and prepare a birthing area.

    * A mother birthing in a standing or vertical position is far more effective and comfortable than on her back, but this usually requires a third person to help hold her. While vertical there is the benefit of gravity, less likelihood of a perineum tear, and an increase in the flow of blood since the baby is not putting pressure on an artery. She may not want to labor in this position, but it is superior for pushing and the actual birth. Make sure the floor/surface is clean and as soft as possible, and someone is positioned to catch the baby.

    * If you are the only assistant available, it may be easiest to have the mother deliver while lying on her back. Again, find a clean, flat surface for her to lie on, and make it as comfortable as you can. Cover it with a clean sheet or sheets if possible because there will be bodily fluids involved. If it is slightly higher at the mother's head than at her feet, gravity will help the delivery.

    6. Have the mother remove lower clothing. If she needs to lie down to give birth, have her lie on her side. Support her head and back with pillows, if possible.

    7. When delivery begins, have the mother move to the birthing position, either on her back with her legs spread and bent at the knees, or in a supported, vertical, squatting position.

    8. Instruct the mother to take deep, slow breaths. Pain can be controlled to different extents through mental relaxation and by concentrating on deep breathing instead of panicking or being distracted by everything that is going on. Different people have different levels of mental control, but deep, slow breathing is always a benefit during childbirth.

    9. Tell the mother to push when the baby's head arrives at the vaginal opening during contractions. When a contraction starts, the mother should take a deep breath, hold it, and steadily push for 10 seconds. The mother should stop pushing between contractions so she can rest.

    10. Apply gentle pressure with one hand to the area below the vaginal opening as the baby's head starts to come out. This prevents the baby from coming out too fast.

    11. Support the baby's head when you see it, but do not pull on its head or its body. Allow it to come out slowly; it should turn to the side naturally.

    12. Clean the baby's head and nose as soon as the head is out. Use a suction bulb if possible. If a suction bulb is not available, use a clean towel to gently stroke downwards over its mouth and nose. If the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby's neck, insert a finger between the cord and the neck and gently try to slip the cord over the head. If you cannot easily do this, proceed with the delivery. Do not cut the umbilical cord.

    13. Guide the first shoulder out. Gently placing your hands on the baby's head, guide it downward as the mother pushes until the top shoulder is out. If the baby appears stuck, see the Tips section below immediately.

    14. Guide the rest of the body out. Gently support the baby's head and body as it emerges and guide it up out of the vaginal opening. Hold the baby with a towel so that it does not slip out of your hands. This could happen slowly or quickly, so be prepared.

    15. Hold the delivered baby with two hands, keeping its head down to allow fluids to drain. Its feet should be above its head, but do not hold the baby by the feet. Hold it so that its head is at about the same height as the vaginal opening. When the baby starts crying, wipe or suction its nose and mouth again. If the baby does not start crying, see the Tips section below immediately.

    16. Dry the baby and wrap it in clean, dry towels or clothes. Cover the baby's entire body--including the head--except for the face.

    17. Lay the baby on the mother's abdomen or chest, being careful not to pull the umbilical cord, and encourage the mother to nurse the baby, as this will help stimulate the contractions necessary to expel the placenta. Placing the baby skin-to-skin with the mother will help keep the infant warm.

    18. Do not tie off or cut the umbilical cord. #

    The placenta

    Enlarge

    The placenta

    Massage the mother's abdomen to help her expel the placenta. When the placenta emerges, do not pull on it. Let it come out slowly and then carefully place it in a large plastic bag or clean towel and lay it near the baby so as not to sever or pull the umbilical cord. Do not worry about cutting or even tying off the cord unless you can't get medical attention for more than an hour. A distressed baby can benefit from the nutrients and oxygen still in the placenta.

    19. Attend to the mother. If the mother is bleeding from an external tear, apply gentle pressure to the tear with sterile gauze, a fresh sanitary napkin, or a clean washcloth. During the first two hours after delivery, periodically massage the mother's abdomen to help stop uterine bleeding. Clean the mother well with soap and water.

    20. Get medical attention as quickly as possible. Once delivery is complete, proceed to the nearest hospital or await the ambulance you called.

    21. Tie off and cut the umbilical cord if you cannot get medical attention soon. There is typically no need to hurry to cut the umbilical cord, but if you are stranded in the wilderness or medical attention is very slow in coming (more than an hour), you will need to do so. Use a clean, thick string (such as a shoestring) or piece of cloth, and tie off the umbilical cord about 4-6 inches from the baby's navel (belly button). Tie a second string or cloth around the umbilical cord about 8 inches from the baby's navel (and thus 2-4 inches further down from the first string). Cut the cord with a sterile knife, scissors, or razor blade, then wrap the severed ends of the cord in a sterile dressing or clean cloth.

    Tips

    * If the baby's shoulder appears to be stuck, have the mother push hard while you press down on her abdomen just above her pubic hair. You may also try raising her legs toward her chest, making sure she keeps her knees bent and apart. Do not pull on the baby if it seems stuck.

    * If the baby doesn't start breathing or crying immediately after delivery slap the soles of its feet while you are holding the baby with its head lower than its feet, and gently but vigorously rub the baby's back. If this doesn't work blow two quick puffs of air into the baby's nose and mouth.

    * The baby may be blueish when you deliver it but should quickly gain a normal flesh color as long as it is breathing all right.

    * If you don't have anything at hand, use shirts or towels to warm up the mother and baby.

    * You may want to massage/stimulate the mother's vagina before the baby comes out. This can comfort her and help with the pain.

    * To sterilize a tool for cutting the umbilical cord, wipe it with rubbing alcohol or heat it thoroughly.

    * As an expectant mother or father, be sure to consider the possibility of going into labor when you make travel plans or do activities near the due date. Also, be sure to carry emergency supplies, such as soap, sterile gauze, sterile scissors, clean sheets, etc., with you in your car. Print out this article and carry it with you, too.

    Warnings

    * These instructions are not intended as a substitute for trained medical professionals. If at all possible, take the mother to a hospital where she can deliver the baby under professional medical care.

    * Do not try to stall delivery. When it's time, it's time, and any delay can cause injury or death to the baby.

    * If the baby comes out feet or bottom first (a breech presentation), you may want to place your hand up the birth canal and put your pointer and middle finger on either side of the baby's nose. Then pull the wall away from the baby's face so it can breathe. Breech presentations occur in less that 5% of pregnancies, but they may be impossible to deliver vaginally so it is imperative to get medical help as quickly as possible.

    * Do not have the mother push hard unless you can see the vaginal opening bulging.

    * If the mother is in labor, do not allow her to try to have a bowel movement. She may feel as though she needs to do this, but this feeling is most likely caused by the baby shifting and putting pressure on her rectum. It is normal to feel this urge as the baby moves through the birth canal just prior to delivery.

    * Do not pull the baby or try to force it out of the vagina. Do not sever or pull the umbilical cord.

    * Keep yourself, the mother, and the birthing area as clean and sterile as possible. The risk of infection is high for both mother and child. Do not sneeze or cough near the birthing area.

    * Do not clean the mother or baby with antiseptic or antibacterial products unless soap and water are not available and there is an external cut.

    Things You'll Need

    * Clean sheets, pillows and towels

    * Soap and water

    * Sterile gauze

    * Sterile knife, scissors, or razor blade (if cutting umbilical cord is necessary).

  • 1 decade ago

    Wow that is going to be tough! The doctor's and nurses will help you be supportive of your friend. I would definitely join her for Lamaze classes so that you understand what she needs to do to help her body relax during labor. If your friend will let you maybe you should go to the rest of her doctor visits so that you will be 'in the loop' of what is going on and you could ask some questions too. The most important thing to remember is that your friend is going to not only be in some serious pain, but she will be 100 times more frightened by everything happening than you are.

    Also just some more words of wisdom {from experience} please don't eat in the hospital room unless your friend is allowed to eat too {My hubby will never live that one down} and if you smoke {hopefully you don't} find a patch for the day because when those labor pains start I'm sure she won't let you leave her side to go smoke :)

    Good luck!

  • 1 decade ago

    You shouldn't be nervous. You are about to watch a miracle happen! It is so awesome. i have been a labor coach 3 times and i thought I was gonna be super nervous to but as soon as we were there I was completely fine! Just be by her side and make her the most comfortable you can. It's not going to be as bad as you think!

  • 1 decade ago

    thebest way is that if she gets discomfort in her back as often happens when in labour is to gently massage it for her but i suggest that you go along to the prenatal classes with her as you are going tobe her mainsupport while she is in labour and the midwives will prepare you and advise you the most important thing is that you are their for her . YOU are what i call a true freind and their are not many like you about like you these days wish your freind good luck and i will be praying for you all

    Source(s): dramagirl queen 13
  • How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You are an angel!! All of her life, she will remember that you were the only person to be with her during a critical time. Bless you, Honey. May good things always come your way in life. xxxoooo

  • 1 decade ago

    ok we,, what yo uahve ot do is focus on the baby. i wasi nthe dilivery room with my sis and man it was so amazing to see the birth of this living human. it was carazy and you will forget about everything even being nervous. shei s the one who will be nervous. i say you just keep talking and shut up when she tells you to. hold her hand and wipe her sweat from her face, good luck!!!

    Im proud of you for not doing the same thing you did. dont be like your friends and geting pregnate!!! good luck!!!

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.