Thursday, May 04, 2006

Gettin' Educated

Well, we started childbirth classes tonight. Two more two-hour sessions and a hospital tour and we should be ready to combat the emotio-physical rollercoaster they call labor. At tonight's class we got the details of labor from start to finish, plus a handy set of guidelines for when to go to the hospital and when to stay home until it's really time. Not REALLY knowing what to expect until I go through it myself, I'll have to get back to you on whether the "when to head to the hospital" list is fool-proof (read: paranoid-first-time-mom-hoping-each-contraction-is-indicative-of-the-impending-arrival-of-her-baby proof) or not. It seemed pretty reasonable, though. Basically, head to the hospital when:

1. You're having painful contractions at regular intervals that have been about 5 minutes apart for the last hour.


2. Your water breaks.

For anything else, call your doctor and she'll tell you whether to stay home, come in and see her, or head to labor and delivery. Sounds like a good plan to me.

Let's hope it still sounds like a good plan in two and a half months, when I'm actually in the midst of it all.

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