I went to the first of four birth classes on Monday. It was better than I expected. The one problem was that the classroom was packed and the chairs were uncomfortable. Okay, that’s two things. :)
The classes took place at Methodist Hospital, which is where I’ll be giving birth (it still sounds weird to say that). The hospital is very nice -- the lobby is like an upscale hotel. I’ve heard that the maternity ward is very impressive, but we don’t get to see it until week three, I think.
The nurse who taught the class was good. Not too old, not too young. Good speaking voice. We went for two hours with no break and it didn’t seem so long.
Class one was basically all about labor -- the phases of labor, positions in labor, how to tell real labor from false labor, etc. The nurse also went into exercises we should be doing (I haven’t been doing jack for fear that I’ll hurt myself or the baby).
What everyone really wanted to talk about was pain and pain medication. It’s funny how there’s pressure on women in this country now to not accept or ask for any medication.
Who makes these rules? Me, I want as much drugs as possible. I don’t have shit to prove. And believe me I will not hesitate to ask for a C section. Why mess around?