After an event we as will still continue to have babies. It is a natural instinct and almost everyone will want to participate, some more willingly than others. Even if you are not interested in repopulating the species babies are going to be expected. (sic)
Initially, though there will be some pregnant women at various stages of pregnancy who will survive the event. These people will need to be looked after as they are our future. Women who can have children will be coveted after an event even if they are not always going to be treated such.
Human nature means that even though we may not be in the position to consider children now, when our children grow up or the social restrains are removed it won’t be long before any family with girls in a certain range will start to fall pregnant.
Contraception may be something we try and put aside but eventually we will run out of pills, condoms and the other standard techniques and be down to blind luck and,*cough*, self control. There are other contraceptive techniques available but that is another article. One written by someone else.
So, we need to consider what we need to do for our pregnant women.
One option of course is to do nothing. This is a viable option as far as pregnancies go and is a technique used all over the world but we must remember that this gives us a very high infant and mother mortality rate, even discounting the human lives lost it is a tremendous waste of resources to carry a child for 9 months and lose one or both of them.
The issue is that we will not have the capability of maintaining the high survival rate we have now. We have professionals who specialise in delivering babies, with specialist gear to handle most of the issues we can expect during pregnancy and childbirth. We will have difficulty with premature babies or even any issues that happen during childbirth like an umbilical cord wrapped around a babies neck.
The best we can do is prepare for the basics of childbirth. Looking after the mother to be and keeping her clean and warm. There will be no anaesthetic, but there isn’t in most places now, so it will truly be back to a natural childbirth.
Best reading up on these things now, There isn’t all that much equipment you need. The main components are knowledge and a cutting tool. Everything else is a bonus which may not be available at the time such as hot clean water, warm clothes, sanitary pads and a bed.
Ideally you would have a room set up with the following in;
- Warm clothes for Mum.
- Warm blanket for baby.
- Ties for the cord (2)
- Towels (a lot)
- Sanitary Towels (The thickest you have)
- Knickers (The bigger the better)
- Plastic sheets to protect bedding.
- Bucket for disposable waste.
- Plastic bags. One for washable waste the other for disposal.
- Container for placenta.
Don’t forget that after the baby comes the placenta. In the olden days the placenta was eaten by the mother but that has fallen by the wayside, although some still do it, however that may make a comeback after an event.
Childbirth is one of thoe many areas that anyone can do, if it goes smoothly, when it goes wrong it usually is life and death. It is worth noting the contradiction though that planned home births are less risky that hospital births. You won’t get to practise either. It is either a childbirth or not.