Friday, February 29, 2008

Childbirth Classes

I recently just registered for childbirth classes. Chris and I are going to take a class in June, but the hospital that I go to delivers so many babies that you need to register way in advance. I'll be seven months by then. They offered so many classes from a basic birth class to many specific approaches to birth.

We decided on the relaxation class. This class teaches a variety of approaches to managing pain naturally. I really want a natural, unmedicated birth and I'm pretty firmly resolved in that. Natural births have a lot of benefits for both the Mom and baby. Plus, I want to prove to myself that I can do it without any help. This may seem weird to other people, but I wouldn't feel like I really did it if I felt nothing. I'm not against epidurals, its just not my personal preference. I have a fairly good tolerance for pain and can be really stubborn if I set my mind to something.

Hopefully, we'll be able to take some things we learn in this course and actually use them. All I really want is to avoid a C-section at all costs! I know epidurals increase your risk for one, so that is another reason why I want to go natural. Of course in the end its all up to God, so we'll see. I want to know what other people think though. If you've had a baby what worked for you? If you are expecting (or just have an opinion) what are you planning to do?


  1. I don't know...labor scares me, haha. I guess I'll have to think about it at some point. Some people have told me that right when you get to the point of thinking "I can't do this anymore" it is the very end. I would like to do it without an epidural. And I want to avoid a c-section too!

  2. yeah, i hear the same thing. that women usually get epidurals 2 hours before they give birth.

    i'm very, very scared about labor too, especially the pain. c-sections are the worst! i don't want a huge scar, i'm only 21 and so body conscious already. plus it causes other complications. my mom caught a major infection from a tool used in her c-section that she is going to have for the rest of her life. she couldn't walk for days after the c-section becuase her whole body swelled from the infection. i think it was the worst thing i've ever seen, she couldn't even eat.

  3. I was told to go into labor thinking that you are not going to get an epidural for reasons like being too far along to get one (people miss their windows but that usually doesn't really happen with the first), or having it not even really work (as you know in my case). Also it helps you to keep on trusting yourself that you can do this...(don't be scared, it really all happens so naturally and your body towards the time for pushing tells you to push.) If you feel like you need some medication and not an epidural, they do offer that. Some people would want to take the medication to take the "edge off" that wouldn't slow down progress. You do have different options. If you do choose to go with the epidural (you won't know what you are going to do until you are full-blown involved in labor) wait until at least 5 centimeters. Since they say an epidural slows down the process (although not with me) you want to be at least half way there before you get the epidural. Just some advice. :)

  4. thanks for the reassurance. i'm soooo nervous/scared. i'm going to wait at home for as long as possible b/c i know there is no pain medication opinion at home. of course this won't work if i have to be induced which is likely. everyone in my family has been. i really think i can do, if i'm not in labor past 24 hours (thats my breaking point). i feel determined b/c i really want to experience everything naturally, at least this first time. pray for me...