My Irish friend Sarah had a baby boy last fall. I don’t know why it’s taken this long, but she’s written a lengthy essay (it currently says part 2, but I’m pretty sure that’s the first bit) on what the process is actually like. Sarah’s always willing to be frank, and the descriptive passages don’t pull any punches:
I went to the loo and rather than the ‘slightly blood stained mucus discharge’ as the “show” is defined in every text book I’ve read; something that looks like a really large raw chicken wing falls out of me. For the uneducated this is the plug in the bottom of the womb that keeps the baby from falling out. Hubby and I inspect it in the loo and the midwife assures us there’s nothing to be alarmed about.
It’s very funny–I laughed out loud on several occasions, and pretty visceral. Required reading, I think, for anybody planning on giving birth.It’s in three parts, so don’t miss the second and third sections.