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09/04/2013 at 13:55
I used to post quite a lot but have become more of a lurker these days, everyone seems quite good at asking what im thinking, but I will try and post more!
The midwife has given us 3 dates to attend parent education classes during May. OH and I have no idea what to expect, and when I asked a friend she said they only gave her one class and it was all about breast feeding. These classes are 3 hours a time and we have 3 of them. Anyone know what the content will be?
09/04/2013 at 14:01
The format seems to vary from area to area - with #1 we did a whole day class which covered early labour, labour & birth including intervention, pain relief, breastfeeding and basic baby care. TBH it was okay but not massively useful to us, but then everyone came in with different levels of knowledge. The one thing which annoyed me was that when I asked if they could talk through caesarean sections as an intervention, they refused as apparently we had to think positive. There was also a hospital visit arranged as a separate session.
09/04/2013 at 16:04
I'm in West Sussex, I have had a look to see if there are any details on the nhs website but can't see any.
I'm thinking the hospital visit may be included in the classes as they are being held at the hospital, I'd quite like to see the ward before the baby's due, I'm thinking that will help me know what to expect!
I've had my head in the sand about labour so I guess that would help!
09/04/2013 at 16:26
With J ours didn't involve a hospital visit due to the risk of MRSA. TBH they were completely useless as the classes were unstructured and so people were asking what epidurals were and what does dilation mean which isn't helpful when you come on here! We had a separate bfeeding session
09/04/2013 at 18:39
We had 2 morning sessions. I was about what to expect in labour, signs to look for, when to go into hospital & staying active & the other was about interventions & how many people would be in the room for a c section & the stages of labour. There was a brief chat (talking through a leaflet) about breast feeding but I don't remember much else about after the arrival of your baby
09/04/2013 at 18:57
Mine were similar to what Blackkat has described, except they were in the evening. They did a lot about what was normal and abnormal in early labour and when to go in to or call hospital and when not to bother. They had videos to show the biology bits of how the baby comes out (all the men looked absolutely horrified!) and the MW who ran it also had a bag of 'props' to show us a ventouse, size of epidural line, red book etc - just lots of things you probably wouldn't have come across before. There was also a big section on various forms of pain relief and the pros and cons of each, and lots on staying active during labour if possible.
My H and I both found it really useful, although as others have said, there was very little on C-sections. The MW did invite people to stay and ask any questions if they wanted though. There was a tiny bit about BFing and bathing a baby and resuscitation but very little.
09/04/2013 at 19:01
In all honesty, I didn't learn anything I didn't already know from here (or PP at the time).
09/04/2013 at 20:29
Thanks guys, I don't know much about labour so hopefully ill learn a bit!
Just told H about the video and he is mortified about the prospect! He also thinks he will be the one to ask a silly question or say something that he thinks is funny but isn't really suitable for the occasion!
09/04/2013 at 20:34
We did have any videos just a flip chart book!
09/04/2013 at 20:40
They seem to vary so much. I think ours were three evening sessions, they included coping in early labour, active birth, different interventions and delivery, c-sections and special care, pain relief, breast feeding (including practising positions with a doll which was Really useful, you can't read that. There was a tour of the delivery suite, complete with screaming.
Ours were run by a brilliant, heavily pregnant, midwife.
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