Saturday, January 19, 2008

Back to School - Day 1

Today was our first day of our childbirth class. The topics we covered today included the stages of labor, relaxation techniques, and breathing techniques. Sandwiched in between the relaxation technique and the two breathing techniques we learned was a labor video. Jonathan and I witnessed the edited births of three children. We both made it through with flying colors. This was a good test. I had seen labor videos before (one in the 7th grade and one about a month ago on a baby website). I wasn't sure what Jonathan's reaction would be - this was his first experience. He did great!

After the video we discussed it a bit. I am going to admit my silly ignorance now. I found out that, even if I choose to use an epidural, I will end up having to endure a bit of pain before and after the epidural. I can blame what happened next to these thoughts in my head, or the fact that it had been a number of hours since I had eaten, or the fact that I was sitting on the floor for quite a while. Long story short, I got extremely light-headed, hot, and felt like I was going to pass out. I was so embarrassed! But, after a few sips of apple juice and a bite of a few peanut butter crackers I was fine.

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