Eighteen weeks down, 22 to go… or at least I hope it’s only 22 more! Seems that a whole lot of friends’ first babies have been overstaying their welcome in the womb lately.
This afternoon we had a tour of our local maternity ward, St. Paul’s, which was a great way to scope the place out in advance and make sure that we’ll be comfortable there. I never thought I’d be wanting to give birth in a “faith-based” hospital (read: there are actually crucifixes hanging on the walls in every room!), but there we are. It’s new-ish, clean and comfortable, everyone gets private rooms with ensuite jetted tubs (even if you don’t have extended health insurance), and it’s only five blocks from home. Some of the delivery rooms even overlook the beautiful heritage houses and quiet, tree-lined streets of Mole Hill.
Surprisingly, in a city of this size, there is only one other maternity ward — BC Women’s Hospital. Otherwise, we’d have to head to North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey or New Westminster, all of which offer far too much risk of ending up parked on a bridge and/or the Trans-Canada Highway if we have to get there during rush hour.
I must say that I really liked the philosophy of care at St. Paul’s. Their set-up allows women to labour, deliver and recover in the same room, so it’s a lot easier to settle in and feel comfortable right from the get-go. Plus, they promote skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth, they leave the baby with the mother at all times (unless the baby requires specialized medical care), they help out with breastfeeding, and will teach any day-to-day care skills you need to know before heading home. Overall, it seems like a pretty decent place to have a baby, even if the exterior is crumbling and the ER predominantly serves the local skid row community.
5 rounds of “Bear Complex” with 3-5 min rest in between rounds (not timed):
Bear Complex = [power clean — front squat — push press — back squat — push press] x 7 without putting the bar down
Max weight: 85 lbs