At first, I thought 12 hours (6 classes, 2 hours a class) was a LOT of time to discuss childbirth. Now, I’m starting to wonder if it’s enough. We talked for 2 hours about going into labor – not delivering – but going into labor. How to know you’re about to give birth, when to go to the hospital, how to time contractions, when to eat, what to eat, how to stay motivated/focused, etc.
The transition phase is the hardest. This is the period right before you push, after you’ve been contracting for an eternity…or an average 20 hours…whichever comes first. The teacher said the best thing your partner can do during this time is to compliment you and reassure you that you can do this. She had us do an exercise to practice this. She asked our husbands to turn to us and say something complimentary. My sweet, loving husband – your father – said, “Sweetie, you are so beautiful!” Before I could finish cracking a smile, he then said, “Now do me!”
We are now 3 for 3 with inappropriate laughter during class.
Random things I learned:
- An epidural lasts for 6 hours!
- An epidural can be given to you at any time, but needs about 30-45 min lead time notice
- If you’re not sold on having an epidural – have a code word (mine is “divorce”…as in “give me an epidural, or give me a divorce”)