One of the great things about my healthcare provider is that they encourage taking certain classes during pregnancy.
Last month, the hubby and I took a breastfeeding class, which was a little on the formal side, but super informative. It was nice to learn tips and tricks on latching and know that you can ask for help and the lactation consultants won’t make you feel silly for asking any question. The most informative, interesting and hands-on class we’ve taken so far is our preparing for childbirth class.
We took this class this past Friday night and yesterday and, while it was definitely overwhelming, the things we learned have stuck with us and we decided to implement some of what we learned into the labor and birthing process. Since my due date is only three weeks away, we were one of two couples who were delivering in December (I do have to say that I was slightly embarrassed because I kept thinking other couples thought we were procrastinators!!).
The Friday night portion of the class was only three hours and in those hours, we learned different techniques and positions that can help with the laboring process. There were different stations and my favorite was the massage station – especially having Max learn the double hip squeeze. The amount of pressure it relieves off the hips and lower back is AMAZING. We also learned different positions such as dancing, squatting and other methods using gravity that will help ease some of the pain during labor.
Saturday’s class was more traditional in the sense that we watched movies about the different stages of labor, what the 4-1-1 rule is, when to go to the hospital, how long you can potentially be at the hospital depending on what type of birthing process you have (natural, cesarean, induction) and even had a mock labor situation. We focused a bit more on the textbook (which is like a Cliffs Notes of What to Expect When You’re Expecting), but I’m glad we did because I’ll be taking it with me to the hospital just in case!
The preparing for childbirth class was the most beneficial class we’ve taken so far and I think the most interesting for Max. As a partner, sometimes these classes can be a little nonsensical as they can think “do I need to be here?” but in reality, yes… at least for me. It’s been super helpful having Max attend these classes with me since he retains so much information and recall it almost instantly and will be a great source when I forget something I learned once we’re actually going through the motions and baby girl decides to arrive.
Next class will be newborn care which I’m actually really excited about and hoping to get some hands-on experience (of course on a doll!).
Did you take any classes while you were pregnant? I’d love to know which were most beneficial to you. Leave a note in the comments section.