Monday, February 1, 2010

The Last Childbirth Class

January 28, 2010
This was the last childbirth class. We reviewed the stages of labor, when to go to the hospital, and discussed newborn care. We also watched a video about the tests that they give to the newborns right after birth. Many of the items they do are state mandated, such as administering a vitamin K shot and taking a small sample of blood to test for genetic diseases. I didn't realize they did that. They also put ointment on the baby's eyes.

The doula also passed around some cloth diapers for us to feel and spoke about the benefits of cloth diapering. Husband and I have been planning on doing cloth diapering anyway, but more for the cost factor than anything else. We will use any disposables we are given, but don't want to have to go out and buy diapers after they run out. The extra benefits of being nice to the environment and less diaper rashes are just an extra perk. We bought a set of her cloth diapers since our supply is still low.

That was pretty much the end of the class, or what I remember from it anyway. We never did use the pillows and towel they told us to bring. Eventually we just stopped bringing them. We gave an evaluation of the educator and gave her pretty good ratings. I liked all of the classes except the first one, where I felt she was brand pushing. After that I liked how realistic she was and the stories she was able to share.

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