Afterwards my good friend Amy met me at Babies R Us to finish out the registry. I must admit, I got a little more nervous about things when she was teaching me about the bottles. It’s one thing to walk around and scan sheets, toys and blankets... it seemed oh so real when I am scanning bottles. Do you know they have flow rates? We plan on nursing, but my goodness there is still so much to learn.
We ordered the baby furniture two weeks ago. It’s the one in the picture but an espresso color. Just the bed and changing station – we are keeping things simple.
We started our hospital birthing classes last night. Let me just tell you ladies, if you want to be informed, you have to take more than some two hour class the hospital is offering. We are taking the class so we will be familiar with hospital guidelines and policies. We want to know what legs we can stand on when we are there.
HOWEVER, she totally scanned over so much. I am even now more convinced we will have a birth plan. So much is done today that is basically on autopilot.
For example: After the baby is born she was telling us that we will be able to nurse within an hour. Before nursing she said they put some "medicine" in your IV to help your uterus contract. I raised my hand and asked what medicine might that be? She answered, “Pitocin”. Ahhh NO! Only if it’s absolutely necessary are you giving me that. Which it could be, but should not be an automatic. She even went on to explain that pitocin is the synthetic version of what my body produces naturally after birth... RIGHT, so let me nurse my baby so my body can produce it. I was blown away by how she was snowballing us.
She also told the group, since we are first time moms we will tear or an episiodomey will be given. This is not true. It can happen… but not 100% gonna happen. When someone asked about things we can do to help not tear – she said, “Really, there is nothing”
I’m not saying some things are not necessary... but ladies, take a class and be informed. Walking in with a plan and being educated is the best thing we can do for ourselves. Things might not go according to plan – but at least I am not going to get the autopilot treatment on drugs!
More to come as we continue with two more classes.