I don’t know if that name is appropriate yet… since we haven’t gotten to the birthing part yet, but I can say that despite all of my research – I am enjoying these classes. Many people looked at me like I was crazy when I said we had signed up for these classes. Perhaps some people don’t find them useful, but what I have found most useful from these classes is not the information about birth, but the information about the hospital.
I chose my OBGYN based on which hospital I wanted to deliver in. At that point, I did not know very much about the hospital, but I knew that it was only 2 miles from my house, it is only 2 years old, and the hospital is one of the top rated in the area by patients (with reference to how they felt they were treated there). Because it is new, and not in a highly populated area, it has a lot of advantages over other area hospitals.
When I first found out that I was pregnant, I really liked the idea of a home birth. I have severe anxiety in relation to medical facilities and doctors. The idea of being able to stay home and be where I am comfortable is very enticing to me. But I am also a worry wart. I was aware that being over-weight would probably influence my pregnancy. We also have very good insurance that covers the majority of a hospital birth, but none of a home-birth. For all of those reason, we went with the hospital.
So I spent many months preparing myself to argue with the hospital staff about episiotomies and having to give birth while laying on my back.
Imagine my surprised when the classes that the hospital offers are based strongly on the lamaze technique. When they said that you can give birth in a multitude of positions, and that they have a bar that connects to the bed is you want to give birth kneeling. I’m also allowed to wear (essentially) what ever I want to. It have to be practical, but it doesn’t have to be a hospital gown. Sounds cool to me!
The only bummer I’ve run into is that they don’t let you drink water, you have to eat ice chips. I can see this being a problem for me because of my sensitive teeth – which may lead to being required to get an IV so that I can stay hydrated, but I’ll fight that battle when it comes.
We’ve talked about a variety of things. Some of them more medical than others. For example, last week the teacher showed the husbands (it is just us and one other couple, so the environment is pretty laid back and cozy) how to give their wives massages to relieve tension in the hands, arms, neck, and headaches.
We’ve talked about eating healthy, which I didn’t find very useful since I’m already on a well controlled diet. In the first class we tried different techniques for removing the tension cause by my ever expanding uterus. They involved a sheet, and leaning different directions while the hubs held onto the sheet. I didn’t find any of them helpful. Too much stress on on my hips and knees. But that’s okay, because I’m not in too much pain right now. lol. Maybe they will be more useful later on.
We’ve talked about trusting your body to be capable of giving birth, and about the warning signs of complications, and the types of things that happen leading up to birth.
I don’t know what the next class will hold, but the last class involves a tour of the hospital. I’m looking forward to that part. 🙂
So, if you’ve had a baby, did you take a birthing class? With only the first child, or with all of them? If you haven’t had kids, do you think you’ll take some kind of class?