We just completed our last childbirth class at the hospital last night. We covered alot of ground over four weeks, the birth process, options for pain management, prenatal and postpardom care, etc. I wasn't sure how open they would be to some of the things that we want to happen: I want to hold the baby right away, Isaac to cut the cord, natural(unmedicated) birth, etc. The woman leading the class seemed very open and touched on alot of different topics that helped to put my mind at ease. She emphasised the importance of the mother and father bonding with the baby right away. We talked to her one on one briefly at the end of class and told her we were having a doula present for our birth and she was very supportive of that - she says doulas are a great help both to the laboring mother but also to the staff. We have alot left to do to get prepared - we'll be meeting w/ Julie (our doula) throughout June and July - but we feel pretty good about the hospital and staff now that we've seen the facility and gotten a better idea of how things work there. Alot to think about! We're both getting anxious to see the baby - we feel so close to this little one already... its just not enough to feel it kick and talk to it through my belly... we want to hold and kiss it! I'm sure it'll be here before we know it!
These are pix of Isaac and I when we were babies... if you look closely you'll see they even have the same backdrop! Isn't that cute?!?