Friday, June 24, 2011

Child Birthing Classes - Day 1

On Tuesday, AJ and I attended our first child birthing class at the local hospital that I plan to deliver at.  I swear, 90% of the husbands looked like they were dragged to the class, including mine!  There was an older couple (most of us looked late 20's/early 30's), and when the husband had to tell what he enjoyed about the pregnancy, he made a comment about enjoying how beautiful and glowing his wife was.  Top that, guys!... No one did. :)

Anyway, after everyone introduced themselves and what they were enjoying about pregnancy, we took a tour of the hospital.  I have only been in this hospital once or twice over the past 15 years - once to get an MRI and once to see an allergy specialist.  It's safe to say that I didn't know where to go in the hospital for L&D section - though the ER was clearly identified, but they prefer us to go straight to L&D since that's where the ER personnel bring us anyway.

We learned some important things like all rooms have ESPN and wifi - key things when giving birth during college football season.  We toured the rooms, looked in on the newly born babies, and found out valuable information about logistics of L&D.  The tour was very informative and just made me realize how much closer we are to meeting baby Aidan.

The rest of the class went over pre labor signs and signs of labor - how the baby drops and the position of the baby.  We started relaxing techniques and exercises that are suppose to make labor easier.  Some of the video clips of women in the laboring stage were intimidating, but I think being informed and prepared will make the birthing experience better, especially since I plan on going med free.  All in all, it was a good experience, and I'm looking forward to the next three classes.

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