Monday, January 12, 2009


We're working on deciding which classes to take. First and most important - childbirth. Everyone tells us to take the Birth Works class offered by Susan Messina in DC, and since everyone agrees, we're doing it. It's a natural childbirth class that covers these topics:

Introductions/Exploring feelings/Watching video of newborn baby crawling up mom's abdomen to breastfeed)
Discussing Birth Works philosophies/Watching video"Birth in Squatting Position"/Relaxation exercise
"Positions for Labor" video/Nutrition/Labor complications/Medical procedures
Safe birth visualization/pain/pros and cons of drugs/Alternative comfort measures/videos on pros and cons of epidural and on alternative pain relief techniques
Audiotape of a woman in labor/Exercise/Beliefs
Loss and healing/Planning for the unexpected
Labor and delivery/Watching video depicting Stages of labor and what to expect
Postpartum and Breastfeeding

It's typically an 8-week course, but that seemed like a huge time investment, so we are taking the weekend intensive course in March. The cost is $255.

In addition, we are thinking of taking the following classes:

Infant Safety & CPR for Parents
This course covers safety issues and the newly updated CPR techniques applicable to babies up to one year of age. $50 per couple.

Getting Started with Breastfeeding
This comprehensive class will help expectant moms get off to a good start with breastfeeding. Topics include: benefits to breastfeeding,latching on, positioning, and signs that baby is getting enough. Bring a pillow to class. $30 per couple.

Baby Care Basics
Learn how to care for your newborn during those challenging first weeks. Topics include bathing, diapering, cord care, circumcision care, taking a temperature and when to call the doctor. $35 per couple.

After all of these classes, maybe we'll be prepared to push this thing out and bring it home!

1 comment:

j.k-c. said...

We took lots of classes too. We had our standard birthing class at the hospital, then hypno birthing, then baby basics, breastfeeding basics, couples massage, infant massage....we tease ourselves about all the classes...there are some people have kids and never take a class. :)