Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Birth Classes

Last night was our second in a series of five childbirth and parenting classes at the Birth Centre and we continue to be incredibly grateful for being able to have our baby there. The midwives are just wonderful and we’re starting to meet the others in the north team who could be present at the birth should our midwife be on her weekend off or be up all night the night before. Apparently, though we have an 89% chance of having our midwife present.

Other things we love about it - the BC has a really low rate of interventions and Cesarean rates are way below the national average. The centre itself is very comfortable with couches and photos of babies born there all over the walls with notes from grateful parents. The rooms have huge baths, dimmable lights, oil burners (for aromatherapy), balls, mats and a button that brings emergency assistance within sixty seconds – all good things! The staff treat you as if you are the most important people in the whole process who are capable of making intelligent decisions and best of all, fully capable of birthing your baby in your own time. There is absolutely none of the fear you often find surrounding the issues of birth and no one will be saying "well you're not progressing according to 'schedule' so lets induce!"

The first birthing class was all about breastfeeding and we found it really informative. Last nights class was on managing the first stage of labor and we learned about all of the crazy things a woman’s pelvis can do! The midwife even had a hand knitted uterus as a prop :) I only expect you to appreciate that if you’re a knitter by the way. We also talked a lot about the support person’s role in labor, which is, of course, to do anything the woman asks and give lots of massages and positive reinforcement :) Brian is going to be a terrific support and the midwife even had to tell him (nicely) to shut up at one point because he’d been doing his homework and knew all of the answers to her many questions. I was glad he was with me :) Also very pleased to have my dear sister-in-law Heather coming over for support as well. I’m feeling very confident in my team and in my ability to do this rather miraculous act! But not for another eight weeks.


  1. I felt like Brian (knew all the answers) because they forced me to take the same class THREE times for the 3 kids (otherwise I was not allowed into the room with Jan and needed to wait in waiting room).

  2. *HUGS & LOVES* Three weeks til I'm there with you, Hon!! Yay!