Sunday, March 21, 2010

Childbirth Class

What does a pregnant wife and her sweet husband do on the first beautiful Saturday in months? Well, of course, they attend their Childbirth Class! Now, this class is totally not for wimps. It began at 9:00 on Saturday morning and lasted until 4:45 Saturday afternoon. Since Daniel is totally involved with baseball right now, we chose this class option instead of the 6 week course on Tuesday nights. And as you might guess, all the pregnant mommies and coaches (three husbands, an aunt and a grandma) survived the wonderful details of the day.

Our Teacher, MaryAnn; Me; Daniel (in his coach pose)

Like I mentioned before, there were five pregnant ladies in the room, three dads-to-be, an aunt and a grandma. One mommy was due in April, two in May and two in June. Our fantastic teacher was Ms. MaryAnn (not sure of spelling), and she was so knowledgeable about the subjects of pregnancy and childbirth. We started off the morning just talking about expectations of the class and what exactly is going on inside the belly at this time. She had a little model of the baby, uterus, placenta, etc. Hmmmmm. . . . . so interesting. Next, we talked a little about taking care of ourselves and what is and is not normal during pregnancy. We finished up the morning by watching two births and going back through the videos and discussing what happened throughout each part. Both of the ladies made birth look pretty easy. I imagine this is not the case.

After a nice lunch break, we returned to talk to about and watch a video of a C-Section and childcare. The C-Section video was pretty scary; I sure hope that doesn't happen to us! We also spent a little time thinking about when you are actually going into labor and when you are not. At the end of day, we practiced breathing techniques to help with the pain of contractions and positions that might make contractions more comfortable. The position I liked best was the sitting on the exerise ball. I have to get one of those!

Overall, this was a pretty interesting day! Our teacher was super sweet and so kind to answer all our questions. I feel like we learned so much but still don't know if we are totally prepared for this big event. I hope during spring break, we can finish up all the details, possibly go over and tour the hospital, and get pre-registered for the big day!

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