Aurora, your DH sounds so sweet! I like how you guys decided on your LO's name. I hope he turns for you soon. Trust me, I have been there, LOL. If you'd ever like to vent or want to talk about breech babies, you know where to find me. Anyway, I'm looking forward to following the rest of your pregnancy journey!
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Today I attended my childbirth class. I was referred by the hospital to take the class, I didn't take it so good, but thought I wouldn't hurt to see what I took out of it. I was counting in the class most likely leaning to be bias to physicians decisions, but the instructor was actually making it a big point that we were in charge and had right to refuse treatments if not needed. The class consisted in: what to expect in late pregnancy, techniques to coping with labor pain, what to expect during each stage of labor, delivery, what to expect in case of a c-sec, and post partum. It was an 6 hour class. I felt so bad for getting there a bit late. DH was joking about taking the baby late to his first informative class.
I am so glad the hospital offers birthing balls, bath tubs, and squatting bars. It will make it so much easier, I think. DH was very interested in everything. He was even giving me great messages as we practiced different breathing techniques. I am so glad to have taken the class. I have heard different things that help, but actually having an instructor telling you the wide variety of techniques was nice.
In the plus side I got a booklet that shows pictures of different options in case we forget. As having my first child, I think I am still a bit green (as they say) about techniques and options. I am so bringing it to the hospital and making DH in charge of it just in case we forget The booklet even encouraged you to make a birth plan.
After watching the c-sec video I am more determined to have a do anything for that vaginal delivery. It was so chilling how they described pushing muscles to the sides to make room for the baby. I am more scared of a c-sec than a natural birth Even DH was a bit shocked on what they do for c-sec's, he just hugged me.
After the class, I decided to go purchase some pillows. I noticed that the ones that I thought I was taking to the hospital for the L&D were not fluffy enough to be comfortable. I got to have a test run and they failed. Glad I was able to switch them before it was too late. I also need to get message objects/items that DH can use on me during labor, to make it easier on him....so he won't feel like he gave labor with me by the end.
In a different topic, I have been getting a lot of BH contractions on the bottom of my belly. I know it can't be the baby moving since he is so high. If you press on it, that section is actually softer than all of my belly, yet I have stretchmarks growing like vines on a wall. They come daily around twice a day and I am not so happy about it, but I know they are necessary to get my body prepared.
Welcome to your lodge! It sounds like you getting prepared well. Try not to stress too much about all the "options" for your labor, I think it's best to keep an open mind and know that what works best for you may be something you've read or heard and it may be something you come up with in the moment all on your own. You'll do great, and I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers for a head down baby!
I'm glad you're happy with your birth class. Yours sounds a lot better than mine. My hosptial class and didn't really talk enough about natural birth--it was more about the interventions. I learned a lot more from reading natural birth books than I did from that class. Classes are great for getting DH's involved in the preparation, though, and I'm glad your DH is so into it.
I hope your little boy turns for you so you don't have to have a c-section. I think a lot of people think a c-section is no big deal, so I'm glad your class was realistic about it. I think, though, that it's important to recognize that sometimes a c-section is the best way for a baby to come, and accept the possibility that it may end up being that way for you. We always have to prepare ourselves fully for every possibility and try to approach childbirth not in fear, but with education and power.
I was watching a TV show about a teenager being pregnant, and going through the whole process. While she was in labor she was crying and when it was time to push she didn't want to! Hardly pushed and then said "I want a c-sec." I wanted to tear my hair off. I agree that c-sec's have become way too common and people don't realize how it is major surgery and not a fast way out. I don't see it as wrong when it is necessary, but when you pick one just for no good reason...well that annoys me. I was glad the doctor didn't listen and convinced her to finish the vaginal birth.
In another subject here is my latest belly picture at 36 wks + 4 days...
You look great hun! I know what you mean about people who seek c-section when it's not needed, I won't go into it but I have a friend who just did what your describeing but her doctor gave her one!!! Can you imagine going all the way through labor and decideing after you can see the kids hair that you don't want to do it??!!
I'm so glad your instructor was so informative, esp towards alternatives to help during birth. I do hope baby turns for you
Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04
Welcome to your lodge. I can't wait to follow your journey. GL with spinning Anthony.
Yeah, I totally know what you mean about the "just give me a c-section" thing. I think all women during labor go though times of feeling like we can't do it anymore--that is normal and what you really need when you say that is someone to say you can do it and that you're almost there not someone to just take the baby out of you.
Your belly looks great!