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Birthing class at the hospital...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Last Saturday my husband and I attended our birthing class. We did not know what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised and had a wonderful time.

We discussed all the details of labor and what to expect. We also watched a few videos as well. The instructor was the best. We took her child care class a few months ago and really enjoyed her style of teaching. She did not hold anything back. She was very frank as to how labor would be and what we could look forward to. We talked about complications that could arise, when to come to the hospital and when to stay at home and labor there. I learned so much and feel better about the process. They also gave us a wonderful book with tons of info in there. We have been reading it and every day feel more prepared.

Out of everyone there, I was the only one having a natural birth. That surprised me, for some reason I though there would be more. I guess I am the only crazy one! LOL! They told us that 9 out of 10 women that come to the hospital have epidurals and meds during birth. Now I have to make this VERY clear, to me there is nothing wrong with having one, but I want to do this naturally. I feel very strong about it. But that is me and does not mean that epidurals are the best way to go for other women. I understand that everyone's labor is different and you never can know what will happen. I have talked to my doctor and he feels strongly that I will have a good labor but we never know how it will be. If needed we discussed having one after 8 hours or so as to not put stress on the baby. BUT, my desire is to experience her birth naturally. I know it will be a pain beyond anything that my mind can comprehend but I feel that I am mentally prepared as best as I can be.

Anyways, during one of the videos we watched, they were teaching us breathing techniques and positions to help with contractions and pushing. My husband and I were the only ones who got on the floor and did all the exercises and practiced the breathing while everyone else watched us. The instructor told everyone they could try them out but I guess they were too embarrassed or thought they did not need to learn the techniques. I know for me, I wanted to practice each and every position as I am going to need to know what to do in order to ease the pain as best as I can. It was fun. My husband was wonderful. He was breathing with me and doing all the postions. There was a couple there who was having a c-section so I understand why they did not do the breathing etc... but for the rest of the people I do not know why they did not try them out, but everyone is different and that is ok.

We learned so much in the class and I have to say the best part was in the beginning of the class, my husband leaned over to me and said, " I am so happy to be here. I would not have missed this for the world!" That made my day! He was kissing my hand throughout the class, bringing me water... SO sweet! He is so precious and I love how he is embracing every second of this pregnancy.

Here are some photos of us at the hospital where we will be having Michaela -

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    I am one who had an epidural, both times. The first time it worked too well and I couldn't feel what I was doing and the second it only worked about 25% and I felt way more than I wanted to....but it was half the time, so there is something to be said about that.

    One thing that stuck out in my mind about labor and delivery is something I learned in pregnant and fit class. Concentrate on keeping your hands relaxed. If you are making a fist, stop, and relax them. You will be amazed how the rest of your body will go along with it. I mean, labor is labor, but this really did help me. It's funny b/c I still do it when I am running. If I find myself tensed up when running I relax my hands. Shake them out and the rest follows.

    It's almost time!!!!!
    3958 days ago
    I had my first without epidural.
    The other three times I've asked for it... It was still wonderful, actually I could enjoy giving birth because the first time it was very hard. You still feel it just there is no tough pain. I liked it better that way.
    It will be mostly your decision if lucky, you can change your mind if it gets too tough.
    Very exciting period, enjoy the last lonesome days with your hubby. The rest of your life you'll be responsible parents.
    Btw what MARATONMAMATO3 wrote is true. And you'll forget all the pain as soon as you'll get her. It's a true miracle.
    3958 days ago
    I had natural child birth, too. Honestly it was one of the most painful, most wonderful experiences of my life. I don't want to get into too much detail, but once I was able to push against the contraction, there was no pain. The doctor even commented on my sunny attitude after that point! LOL!

    In my classes, all of the couples were already on the floor on mats & we all participated. That's odd that no one else wanted to practice. I guess it is a little embarassing, but will come in handy later!

    3959 days ago
  • AWOLF24
    You are the cutes pregnant couple ever! I know the birth of your beautiful little girl will go great - however it turns out. I felt like you did - better knowing a little more about what to expect. I think people see a pregnant woman and immediately have all these horrible labor/delivery stories to share, but honestly, mine was easier than the pregnancy part and I hope yours goes super smoothly as well. And no matter what, at the end, you'll have a beautiful baby girl!!!!
    3959 days ago
    Looks like the place is beautiful but what else would I expect from you guys?! You will be fine. I don't speak from experience but you two have the best attitudes and your love for each other and Michaela will be all the medicine you need.
    3960 days ago
    Sounds like a great birthing class to me! You are going to do great!
    3960 days ago
    Our class is coming up in about a month, looking forward to it! You are getting REALLY close now!!
    3961 days ago
    Pictures are great! looks like a wonderful place!
    I had 3 natural and didnt even know about breathing classes with the 1st 2. U will befine!!!!!!!!!!!
    3961 days ago
    Awww, Jen, you and your hubby are too cute! That little girl has NO IDEA how lucky she is! I think you are wise to prepare as much as possible. There is no way you will be fully prepared, of course, which is what makes it so exciting, but if you get 90% of the way there before the birth, you will be more relaxed and truly able to "enjoy" every minute of it! I am so excited for you!
    3961 days ago
    I've had 3 natural births (2 at home) and I wouldn't have it any other way =) Just remember when you get to the point where you think you can't take it anymore, it means you're in transition and you're almost done!
    3962 days ago
    My first was natural, the twins and number 4 (because of the twins) were c-sections. Natural was tough, but the nurses will be terrific and will suggest different things to try if you forget what you learned in your class. You are going to do great. Just remember though, there are no trophy's given out for a natural childbirth and having an epidural will not make you any less of a wonderful mommy. The delivery may be more wonderful for you if you wind up needing it. Just keep an open mind!
    3962 days ago
    You guys are adorable!
    3962 days ago
    I'm a mom of seven (all natural births) and loved it (as much as you can when you're in the midst of th pain). I was always out the next day and doing what I needed to do. The last one was even breech and no problem delivering, though slightly longer labor. I never took the birthing classes, but just like you I have a wonderful, God-sent husband who helped me keep my focus and the end result is beyond words. You are a blessed woman! I pray that things going smoothly and your new little one arrives safely and healthy!
    3962 days ago
    3962 days ago
    AWE!! You guys are too adorable! I am glad you feel prepared, I remember seeing the c-section video and saying "no way" then, my baby turned footling breech, she definently had different plans than I did! PS my sister did 2 natural births! (so doing it a second time does say something!)
    3962 days ago
    How cute are you two? I have a feeling that all will go smoothly! Thanks for sharing!
    3962 days ago
    You are going to do great! I so enjoyed my birthing classes also. I had an epidural with all three of my girls but with Sarah (my 3rd), it didn't work. Needless to say, the pain that you'll experience will fade sssooooo fast after you see your precious Micheala! After 2 months, I can remember a little bit of it but there is no point because I have another beautiful daughter! Good luck and keep us all posted on your progress. Have a wonderful weekend!!!
    3962 days ago
  • SINGER73
    Glad to hear it went well. They had us role play going into labor all the way up to being in labor at the hospital. It was funny watching every one.

    You can make it through unmediated. Just continue to educate yourself on the labor process. The more you know the better you will understand what is happening to your body. Just keep telling yourself that it's just the baby getting ready to meet her mommy and daddy.
    3962 days ago
    Loved your blog. I think you are so strong for going the natural birth route. I still haven't decided for myself. Maybe I will see how yours goes. LOL! Your husband sounds like a sweetheart.
    3962 days ago
    I loved your blog! I am not expecting yet, but someday I do plan on having a natural birth at a birthing center! I can't wait to hear how your labor day goes!
    3962 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    I had an epidural but still had plenty of pain - I admire anyone who goes for natural childbirth, it's tough! But you'll do great. Make sure you have a birthing plan though - besides things like making sure they know you don't want an epi, you can let them know who you want in the room - in my case, we kicked out all the grandparents once the real hard labor started so it was just me and Paul (and the doc, the nurses, the anesthesiologist...LOL!)

    3962 days ago
  • NAENAE1213
    Awww, you have such a sweet hubby!!
    You are gonna do amazing with this!!!
    3962 days ago
    yay for you for picking a natural birth. Do you have a birth plan that the staff can get? Otherwise, I suggest telling them immediately when you arrive that you do NOT want an epidural nor do you want to be offered one.

    Natural births are so rare that most nurses just assume you want one and tend to push you to get one. Obviously thats not the case at every L&D, but as I've been doing research I hear similar stories about trying to be pressured to use pain relief drugs.
    3962 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3926845
    you will do great.....the class helped me lots. Especially the what is something goes wrong. The little monitor they have to put into the baby's head sometimes (sorry forgot what it is called). Anyway, we saw it at the class and it helped me feel much more comfortable when they actually had to do that with my little one.
    Good luck
    3962 days ago
  • MYTURN11
    I love your blogs and you will do fantastic. You look so beautiful ~ you have great tone and you are all healthy baby. Baby Michaela has amazing parents! emoticon
    3962 days ago
    I am SO excited for you! I LOVE reading your blogs! You and your husband seem incredible, and this little girl is going to have so much love in her life!!
    3962 days ago
    You'll do great!! Sounds like the classes have gone well and you are as prepared as you will ever be! Like I told you before, breastfeeding was the most challenging for me, and once you get it, it's great. Of course a BFing class probably would've helped to understand how it all worked!! :) Just a few more weeks, mama!!
    3962 days ago
  • BELG64
    Sounds like you are as prepared as can be! Great job!
    I had an epidural with both my kids, never even dawned on me to experience the natural pain, LOL, You are a stronger woman. Both my kids came out real fast so didn't labor very much at all.
    3962 days ago
    OK...so I'm a natural birther and proud of it :-) !!! I've had 4 natural water births and I never experienced any pain at all. I think, and this may help you, that it's all in how you VIEW PAIN. If you look at the birthing process as your body doing a magnificently wonderful thing then what you are feeling is not pain, but your body doing a very difficult job. Your body was made for that job. Fear creates pain. Since you already look at your birth as a natural process that your body was created to do, and have had training to know what to expect, you should not experience fear and therefor you will lessen your "pain". I'm not saying birth is EASY, it's the most difficult thing your body will ever do. It is all consuming when you get to transition. It is HARD WORK. My advice (not that you asked) is to view your contractions as waves. RIDE THE WAVES...don't let them swallow you up. Take a deep and cleansing breath before and after each wave of a contraction. Yes, birth is different for every woman. I feel blessed to have had great ones that I consider pain free. I know others need help and that there are true emergencies that require medical intervention, BUT women were created for this task. YOU CAN DO IT! & hey, no judgement if you end up with an epidural or interventions! I think that with your attitude, you're going to have an amazing and wonderful birth experience...no matter what happens! Blessings to you as this new chapter of your life begins to open up!!!
    3962 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1425027
    You are going to do great!

    I had an epidural with both kids, and LOVED it! Don't feel like I missed out on any part of the experience, but I totally commend you for your decision! Everyone is different!

    Amazingly I had "dream labor and deliveries", my labors were so short, I never needed any of the breathing, misc positions, etc (got to the hospital at 6:30 am, and had my daughter at 9:15 am - only pushed for 10 min! The "hold up" was from the pitocen they gave me slowed up my contractions! And my experience w my son was similar... ) I WAS REALLY LUCKY!!!!!!! (My Mom was like this too - she almost didn't make it to the hospital w my youngest brother, we came so quickly! LOL)

    BUT - its REALLY GOOD that y'all got down there and practiced! You're right, the rest were probably too embarrassed, but might regret that decision later!

    I KNOW YOU WILL DO AMAZING!!!!! Micah sounds like a dream!!!!!
    Can't wait to hear how you ROCKED the L&D!!!!

    3962 days ago
    My plan was to have a water birth at the birth center with no drugs, but my body had different plans. I ended up with PHI (pregnancy induced hypertension) and was starting to get preeclampsia. I ended up in the hospital and was strongly advised to have an epidural to help lower my BP which was 180/130. I got the epidural and was able to remember my sons birth and was able to reach down and touch his head while he was coming out. I am glad I got the epidural.
    My oldest boy almost landed me in the OR even with drugs.

    Its great you want a natural birth but just remember your baby and/or your body might have different plans for you and thats OK. Take whatever you need and get you little one here safe. emoticon
    3962 days ago
  • HOGFAN79
    very cute couple
    3962 days ago
    I wanted a natural birth too but ended up with epi, you never know how youll react to the pain. The important thing is to feel good about whatever you do. No shame in wanting a less painful birth. Before the epi tho, the tub helped me alot i reccomend it but its different for everyone ofcourse.
    3962 days ago
    Your husband sounds so cute! It is awesome that he is so involved! I too am surprised no one else participated!
    3962 days ago
    Awe that's so freaking awesome!!!! So, are you saying my nerves will ease up during my pregnancy?? I am just now starting to get nervous and running through all of the what ifs. My nerves are sooooo shot!
    3962 days ago
  • JBMT08
    You look fab, and the landscape outside the hospital is GORGEOUS!! Good luck Honey! I am quite a few weeks behind you (23 1/2 preggers), but I am living through you none the less!
    3962 days ago
    Blue is your color! I'll be honest, I didnt' think I was going to have an epidural, until I was so tensed out and horribly in pain due to the pressure on my sciatic nerve ( I couldn't do half of my pregnancy exercises, because my back was killing me all the time- I would wake up anytime I moved during the last 3 months and I slept between 2 pillows-LOL.. sooo uncomfortable.
    Anyways, I respect your decision, but think that it's important to be ready to take things as they come! I mean, I was scared to death by the epidural and I had a 10 min window to make the decision. I actually put it into my husband's hands, as I was sooo much in pain, and yet, didn't want to. But, the Dr convinced him that the birth would be a lot easier and much more enjoyable and boy was he right! Without that darn epidural, I wouldn't have any memories-- trust me. In the old days, they would have had to drown me in whiskey-LOL- or I'd passed out from pain I bet-LOL! Anyways, I was able to relax my muscles and it was soooooo easy afterwards! Because it was sooooo hard before.... I was so hungry after, I ate almost an entire pizza-LOL- it was that exhausting. Now, when I think of that, I think of Dean Karneazes, eating Hawaiing pineapple pizzas on his 50 marathons in 50 days... trust me, I understand that "need" for that at that level of exercition-LOL!

    Just wanted to share this with you, so you know that you got to be ready to do what's right at the given time-- I am sure that things will be just fine. But do remember that giving birth is kind of unpredictable, so keep that mind!
    I feel so blessed and lucky that my baby ( now about to turn 14) was healthy, not squushed or anything. I felt like the luckiest person on earth!
    3962 days ago
    Aw so cute! That's awesome you guys participated, even if the others just sat there. You'll be so much more prepared now that you have practiced and figured out what you feel comfortable doing.
    Looks like a beautiful place! With water and tree's all around! Looks like a more calming place than many hospitals i've seen around my area!
    What a wonderful thing that he is enjoying this pregnancy with you! How amazing it must be to marvel at all of the amazing things happening right now and the awesome things to come!
    I so can not wait to see baby Michaela! emoticon I can't even imagine the anticipation you guys must be feeling, if I am super excited all the way over here! lol
    3962 days ago
    You look so darn cute in your leggings!!! Your husband is the sweetest, I want a clone! lol
    3962 days ago
    awww to cute :) love the pictures girlie :)
    3962 days ago
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