Last Saturday was our childbirth and labor class. We decided to do an all-day class instead of 5 shorter classes that were split up over several weeks. We were at the hospital from 8:30 until about 4, and the day went by really fast so I’m glad we opted for this instead. There were 2 nurses that ran the class, so they took turns covering various information, like the different medications you can take for pain relief, some of the common tools the doctors and nurses may end up using, and how the laboring process starts. One nurse kept calling the babies “cuties”, which made me giggle. There were a few different videos we watched, which included two different moms who were shown laboring at home all the way until they delivered at the hospital. Both moms delivered with no epidural, so it gave me a better idea of what I’ll be in for. Definitely need to bring my exercise ball with me, as well as buy a heating pad in the next couple weeks.
Before lunch we took a tour of the maternity ward and checked out one of the laboring rooms. We also saw the triage and nursery area (no babies, though, since they want Baby to stay with you during the day and also during the night if possible). The laboring rooms are private, but on the small side, so I can see why they only allow 2 support people in the room besides Mom. There is a bathroom that includes a shower – no tub, unfortunately. I still think I may try taking a shower to help when I’m in labor since I love taking long, hot showers now anyway. They then showed us the wing you are switched to about 2 hours after birth – same size room, just in a different area of the hospital. Everything is very secure in the entire wing – you can only enter if you have an ID that scans or you press a button to have a nurse let you check in. Baby wears a bracelet that has the same numbers as Mom and Dad’s bracelets, and there’s also a chip in Baby’s bracelet that will cause an alarm to go off in case he/she is taken out of the specified areas they are supposed to stay in.
In the afternoon, we watched a couple more videos, including one on a c-section (they showed an animated version of the surgery and what happens), and then we went over some laboring positions and breathing techniques at the end. I guess the only negative to the class was that it was big – 21 other couples were there, but the room was large enough for everyone without being cramped. It was fun seeing so many bumps in one room. Some moms were 35 and 36 weeks along while others were 29 weeks, so I was in the middle. Overall, a good day – it made me feel much better to get the tour and see some of the videos.
33 Week Pic:
And what I wore to work…top from Motherhood Maternity Outlet, maternity pants from Target. It’s getting harder and harder to take these pics…I felt like I looked HUGE when I was editing these :(