Last Saturday (December 9th), Finn and I went to Swedish Hospital to partake in a 5.5 hour childbirth class. There were about 10 couples there, all of them were around our age (a couple may have been a little bit older), pregnant with their first child, and everyone but us knew the gender of their baby! People seemed really shocked that we weren't finding out - this seems to be a pretty common response for us these days! :)
Overall, the class was really good. We learned and practiced some labor positions - it totally wasn't as awkward as I thought doing that in a class with nearly 20 other people! We also learned and practiced some breathing techniques - some seem way more realistic than others, but we'll see how the big day goes, right!?! We also learned about dilation, effacement, back labor (sounds delightful), the stages of labor, pushing - and why screaming/shrieking isn't helpful, and postpartum care and things to expect (the least delightful sounding of all!!).
Finn, to no surprise, was a great labor partner. So long as he's eaten the day this little one is due, I have no doubt that he will be the best coach, partner, support system I could ever imagine - even if/while I am being totally unappreciative of all of his efforts (sorry in advance, Finny!). However, neither of us could say the same for one of the other couples in our class who were clearly not having a good day together (quarreling and he even FELL ASLEEP!). Hopefully he'll come around soon!
While we probably could have found and read any/all of the information on the internet, it was definitely good to dedicate some uninterrupted time to this topic as it's fast approaching!! I can't believe we are already in the third trimester. Craziness!!
I promise more pics, etc. in the next post!