Can I just say that I am falling in love with our nature more and more at the moment? I used to be afraid of giving birth. Mainly before I was pregnant. But now? I just can’t wait to get that baby out of me (well this really sounds weird, doesn’t it…). It’s a combination of trust (who run the world…GIRLS etc) and longing (after all the kicking and moving inside of me I can’t wait to meet that little girl) that just makes me wish May be here sooner rather than later. Oh, and the five-star-hotel-like hospital might help as well…
I don’t know how it is arranged anywhere else in the world exactly, but here in Berlin, especially at the Klinik where I am planning to give birth, it just wow-ed me. The Klinik organizes two evenings a week where the midwifes show you around and inform you about the whole process of giving birth. Last week I decided it was time to quit being an ostrich and get my ass out there (some people apparently go there even in the first trimester…My belly was like the biggest one out there. Not so German after all, me).
So we were shown around, got to look at all the different types of delivery rooms they have to offer ‘when you choose this Klinik’. I couldn’t believe my ears. And then my eyes. The rooms are like full-blown hotel suites including special equipment for making life easier when in labor. Think: ropes hanging from the ceiling (I kid you not, apparently those help), skippyballs, giant bathtubs where you can also have your baby, special chairs – looking like they were sawn in half or even more detailed changes to the thing in case you forgot that something has to come out down below… And half-beds. Half-beds like wtf? But you know, I’m cool. The nurses explained to the group that all these different ‘things to do’ when in labor will help you forget about the pain, because you can ‘try them all’! Yoo to the hoo. Can’t wait.
No but seriously, in some kind of weird way this tour made me less afraid of the whole ordeal. In my head I pictured myself lying in a white/blue hospital bed with cold lights shining down on me and people in hospital gowns that were shouting at me what to do. This Klinik even has special lights in different colors. Can’t wrap my head around it. But yeah, it seems kind of… Comfortable out there. So I think I will ‘choose’ this Klinik, partly because it looks so much like a hotel. But mostly, because it is in walking distance from my home. Being Dutch is something you never lose, I guess.
Less than two months to go – I’m counting down the weeks.