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13 November 2008

Session One

Tonight was our 1st of five prenatal classes and I can't say we're overly impressed. I'm not sure what I expected, but the class was incredibly heteronormative (to the point of near sexism) and since we're somewhat alternative, I suppose you could say, we felt as though most of the teachings were not parallel to our beliefs & desires.

At the end of the class I spoke to the instructor & asked if things like natural birth & home births would be spoken of and it seems like these will be covered, but perhaps not to the extent that I was hoping. I'm starting to realize that paying extra for a few private classes may have been more up our alley -- but since we were trying to save the cash, the group sessions at the local health unit seemed like a good idea (at the time). I just hope that the class on labour & the class on breastfeeding are informative enough to make up for my disappointment in this first session.

For those of you with children, did you attend any sort of prenatal class? What was covered & what did you wish was covered? Did you do group or private lessons? I'm sure these things differ depending on where you all live, but I would love some insight.

At least there were cookies & cheese at break time.



Blogger Tracey said...

We did the free class through our hospital (same reason as you... $$$) and I was not impressed. I felt that I had read a lot, and asked a lot of questions, and I wasn't really there for myself (other than to perfect breathing methods and practice relaxing, which, here you go: deep breath in. Slowly let out while focusing on nothing but how relaxed you can make every muscle and fiber in your body. Repeat. Repeat. There you have the ONE thing that helped me through my births.). I mainly wanted my husband to get informed on what to expect. But they didn't even show a video or anything! Very disappointing. Though he did learn about massaging my hands which was nice...

November 14, 2008 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Yeah, I definitely hoped that my partner would get a lot out of it... but the first session was just a bunch of silliness. Hopefully we'll get something out of it by the end!

November 14, 2008 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Prenatal classes seem to be hit & miss depending on the facilitator and the other members of the group. I lucked out and had a great public health nurse for the ones I took who tolerated my incessant questioning (do I *really* NEED an oxytocin drip? are they going to force Demerol down my throat? how will I know if I need an epidural? what do you mean they're not going to let me push when I want to?) She was a major advocate for breastfeeding & noninvasive birthing practices...so really good experience for me which I felt really helped me advocate for myself in the birthing room (a pretty big deal for a 19 year old whose doctor ditched her for a Blue Jays game) but I've heard some really crazy stories about others' experiences, particularly when it comes to engaging the partner who is not the pusher.

You can always hit up organizations like the La Leche League, PFRC & the midwifery society if you feel you need more support and/or information than what is provided through your prenatal classes.

On another note...your new apartment is officially VACANT and having repairs/cleaning done =D

November 14, 2008 at 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Melanie that it's pretty much hit or miss. We got quite a bit out of our prenatal classes, but I was definitely not prepared for the Caesarean in the end. As much as you think it won't happen to you, it's important to listen to that part; I tuned out, thinking, okay that does not pertain to us... and then we are the ones needing it in the end...

We had friends who did the private classes, and they absolutely loved it! She's a pretty private person so that's mainly why they did it, and they were free to ask anything anytime.

In the end, not much goes to plan so you will still need to be prepared for anything!!

November 14, 2008 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger elsa.elsa said...

I had a friend who went to the classes at the hospital and her advice to me was to stay away. Actually, she and several other participants logged an official complaint against the instructor (not sure if it would be the same one) because she was giving incorrect and outdated information about breastfeeding (recommending supplemental bottles, saying epidurals don't effect babies, and others I can't think of right now). The early years center (which is on antrim street, think) offers free breastfeeding classes with a lactation consultant which was good for information about breastfeeding. The lactation consultant is really nice and came to my house for free the day after Ale's birth to reassure me that I was doing okay.

November 14, 2008 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

@elsa: I should definitely look in to that -- I'm most worried about breastfeeding & want to be sure I have the most accurate information. My friend who just had a baby a little over a month ago hired a doula/lactation consultant, so I'm hoping to get some fabulous tips from her as well!

@mel: My friend has been telling me about the la leche league meetings -- I haven't made it to one yet, but it's in the plans!

November 15, 2008 at 12:04 AM  

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