Confessions of a Doula
Hospital bathtubs probably are not the first place that you would choose when looking for a place to sleep, but they really aren't that bad. When you have been up for just under 24 hours ANYWHERE sounds good. After about 20 minutes of tossing the idea back and forth in my head I did it. I went to the counter and picked up the extra pillow. I opened the cabinet and grabbed two extra sheets. I tip toed across the room making sure that I not wake my doula client or her sleeping partner. I opened the bathroom door and proceeded to make up my bed...the bathtub. I lined it with one of the sheets and crawled in. I was so thankful to be able to stretch out my legs and lay mostly horizontally. It was heavenly. I think I fell asleep immediately and probably caught about 15-20 minutes of shut eye before the OB came in ready to check my client. I sprang to my feet, wiped my face of any drool and smoothed my ponytail. Sleeping in a hospital bathtub isn't ideal, but for a weary doula looking for some rest it really isn't too bad.