When a child is born (In Chengdu)

Thursday 24th September at 10:15pm Stanley entered the world. 

Technically he was already in the world just enclosed in his mothers womb. Lei started to get mild contractions late Monday evening.  Around 2am Wednesday morning we decided to head down to the hospital as the contractions were increasing.  Call the DD taxi China’s Uber.

Check In

Our package (not a Thompsons holiday) included four nights stay in the hospital after the babies birth, but because we arrived early Wednesday morning they advised us to pay until we could check in at 11am.  The rate was 40rmb per hour I asked Lei if we should book into the Shangrila hotel for a few hours it would be cheaper you can imagine the response. So around 11am we checked into our room.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Water, water, every where, And all the boards did shrink.

Around 5pm Lei’s waters broke the doctor informed us that we should head up to the delivery room. I was suited up with a beautiful blue hat , 1970’s PJ top and a pair of fake crocs.  Lei opted for an epidural after the injection they brought in some dinner for me and mum to be who was now currently high as a kite and jabbering away to the nurses.  After dinner one of the nurses came and styled Lei’s hair, nice touch.


Push! Push! Add Oil!  Add Oil!

After four and a half hours of extreme hard work by Lei little Stanley arrived.  I have never been consumed by so much emotion and relief.  I cried like a baby whilst Stanley was silent with eyes wide open and looking around the room.  To be honest watching him arrive was amazing the thing that shocked me the most was the arrival of the placenta, which was quickly bagged and ready to go. In China it is common for the placenta to be taken home and cooked by the grandparents and family. If you don’t want the placenta it’s common for the nurses to sell it on the black market.  I will not be partaking in this meal.

Four nights of helpfulness 

I’m so glad that we decided to go private (see previous posts about the public hospitals) the nurses were on call anytime of day always willing to help and even change Stanleys nappies.  One of the nurses told me it was great to see that I was eager to learn how to change and bath Stanley as most of the Chinese dads don’t really do much. I don’t need any abusive comments from Chinese dads as this was her opinion not mine. It was hard to leave the hospital, beacuse we came to the realisation that we have now become Stanleys personal nurses.


To be continued.

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