Dehitay wrote:lalaith wrote:
If it were your child's life and your wife came to you and said, "I don't know what just happened. Maybe my water just broke or maybe it didn't -- but I've never cut loose like that before so I don't know what's going on with the baby," would you tell her not to call the doctor (a move that doesn't cost you a penny), but to post a question on-line instead?
My personal answer to that question isn't going to be what you want to hear. But I'll admit now knowing that it's possible to go into labor and not notice it, it becomes more crucial to make sure in such a situation.
When my wife's water broke with our first child, we waddled off to the hospital. Labor wasn't forthcoming, and was induced. Rupture of the amniotic sac leaves the unborn child exposed to potential danger from infection. Nature/God encloses the kid in a sealed environment for a purpose. We were told that after the water breaking, the kid needs to come the hell out of there within 24 hours. So it is a much more serious thing than you realize.
Fear of the hospital bill for what may turn out to have been a needless consultation is no excuse. One sufficiently poverty-stricken can in the worst case merely add it to the stack of other bills going ignored. To not seek competent professional attention in this case is irresponsible and stupid.
And let's not compare the life of a child with a chipped tooth, shall we?