At my 28 week midwife appointment my midwife told me to go ahead and book our antenatal class and hospital tour. This would take place at 34 weeks and would be a 3 hour session on a Saturday. I always thought antenatal classes took place over a a few weeks and got told that this used to be the case but people kept missing out weeks so missed on vital information which if you ask me is there own fault!!
Anyway the time had come... I dragged Mark away from the football and we headed to the class. We were one of ten couples who attended. A lovely lady spoke to us about the stages of labour and looking after baby. She went into quite a lot of detail and was able to answer any questions we had. Half way through we had a hospital tour to break the session up a little. The labour ward was the first stop and was for mums to be that either had complications in pregnancy or wanted an epidural. It was nice but didn't feel quite right. The next stop was the birth centre. This was still in the hospital but had its own entrance and was completley separated. It felt a lot more relaxed and a much more friendly environment. It was run by midwives and had seven different rooms, two of which had birthing pools. It was for mums to be that had no problems in pregnancy and was the place where I was booked to give birth! The rooms were a decent size with there own bathrooms. Partners were allowed to stay over and it also had less strict visitor hours.
Before the class and tour I was feeling very nervous and didn't really know what to expect. I learnt a lot and feel a lot more comfortable now and i'm actually starting to look forward to giving birth. I know its going to be hard and hurt like hell but I also know that at the end of it i'm going to be able to hold my baby girl in my arms and in that moment nothing else will matter. Mark also found it very useful and said he learnt a lot!! I think he feels a lot more prepared to support me in labour as he now knows a little more of what to expect. The class also changed my mind on my birth plan and what I thought I wanted but I will go into more detail in my birth plan post which will be coming up soon.
Did you have a positive experience with your antenatal class?
Thanks for reading,