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My First Birthing Class

October 6, 2009

I guess the good news is that they are not planing on having us stay at the hospital very long…  Our Maternity Ward is being worked on at the moment so I think she said that we would likely be leaving after 2 or 3 days spent in the hospital!  They only have 12 beds for the maternity ward, so they need people to leave asap to leave room for the next.  A sage-femme has to come to your house for a few days following your release to make sure that everything is ok, but that is fine, I think that I would rather be at home.  It is a little strange, being in those classes has made me realize that this baby is going to be coming out here soon!  (And hopefully not by cesarienne…)

We have got the baby’s bedroom pretty much put together.  Everything is washed and clean, I just have to finish setting everything up, and especially pack for the maternity.  I can’t imagine if we left early and MrB had to come back and pack for me…  I would be wearing some old tee shirts that used to be my Dad’s with things like “If you can read this the bitch fell off”…  haha, I would be funny though.

Back to the birthing class though, it was actually interesting and they seem pretty forward thinking for France.  They let you move around during the birth, she even talked about people having babies lying on their sides or on all fours…  I was under the impression that here things would be  very ‘textbook’ but apparently not.  They are also very pro breastfeeding, and they even leave your baby with you 24 hours a day.  They have a lactation specialist that comes thorough a few times a week, so if you are there when she is she will help you out.  She has also trained the entire staff in the maternity ward, so that is nice too.  So I am happy with my choice, and am still hoping that Baby turns around to come out the ‘right’ way!  (I am thinking about seeing an osetopathe to make room in my pelvis and get the wee one to flip, not sure if it is a good idea though, but it may be worth trying).  So far no embarrassing moments, we did a lot of listening and breathing, and we are about 12 women so I just wait until everyone starts and follow their lead…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2009 7:38 am

    You’ll find that being in the hospital isn’t relaxing so it’s nice to be home after a couple days without people coming and poking you and the baby and waking you both up every 20 minutes. But it’s kind of frightening having your milk come in at first…if you plan on breast feeding.

    If you haven’t done it, I’d suggest a birth plan. It’s not very French but I found it really helpful in with both kids, especially since my brain seemed to switch to English mode during both of my labors.

    Good luck!

    • ashleyenfrance permalink*
      October 7, 2009 8:51 am

      I do think that is a good idea (the birth plan). I am waiting to be sure that the wee one has decided to flip over though, otherwise the birth plan is I guess non existant, because it’ll come out via C Section… 😦 And I am planning on breastfeeding and the whole milk coming in thing is a little scary to me. At least from what I’ve heard.

  2. October 8, 2009 11:19 am

    I’d actually recommend the birth plan anyway so the people know what you’d like (in case they are hospital staff you don’t know), what kind of person you are; And also, I’ve heard stories about babies being given bottles whilst away from the mom post c-section. You should specify that you plan on breast feeding and to only give the babe a cup or pipette of formula if you are separated because the bottle could compromise the breast feeding (this is something I learned for the 2nd bébé because the first was almost a c-section)

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