Last weekend we went to Lamaze class (a two-day intensive class from 9 AM to 4 PM) at St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital where Baby Hall will be born.
The class was taught by Missey Moe-Cook, LCCE (Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator ) who is absolutely phenomenal! There were about 8 couples in the class. It was great to learn that the Parent Family Education Department at St Luke’s Roosevelt is the largest in NYC and the 4th largest in the country. They offer 29 classes! We also learned that the residency program at the hospital is one of the best; they receive 700 applications a year and only accept 8. St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital delivers 7,000 babies a year! That, along with what we previously learned at the hospital tour (they have the #1 NICU in NYC and have saved more babies than any other hospital, the smallest baby weighing 1.5 lbs!) makes me even more happy that we are delivering Baby Hall at this hospital!
We went over travel time planning to get to the hospital.Then we were taught the 3 stages of labor (Early , Active, Transition) a lot of what was taught I have already read in the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting but some things were new to me like the term TACO. If / When my water breaks I need to make note of TACO in order to let my doctor know. T=Time; what time did my water break. A=Amount; was it a lot or a little? A lot means the head is probably not fully dropped down; a little means that the head is acting like a cork and is already low within my pelvis. C=Color; amniotic fluid should be clear, if it is green that could mean there is stress affecting me or the baby. O=Odor; amniotic fluid doesn’t have an odor, if there is a bad odor it could mean there is possibly an infection.
We took a tour of the labor and delivery floor (12th floor) as well as the NICU and the Birthing Center (11th floor). We also went over the list of what to bring to the hospital. We were shown samples of the slipper socks the hospital offers as well as the mesh ‘disposable’ panties they give, we also saw how thin the pillows are at the hospital and were told that the towels are like tin foil! Soo I need to pack slippers, granny panties, a pillow and a towel among a long list of other things for myself, Papa Hall and Baby Hall!
Then we were taught breathing. Looking at a focal point and breathing makes the time go by and distracts you from the pain!:
Breathing during Early labor – cleansing breath deep in through the nose, out through the mouth / breath normally / end with a cleansing breath deep in through the nose, out through the mouth and SMILE (repeat)
Breathing during Active Labor - cleansing breath deep in through the nose, out through the mouth / “he he who” / cleansing breath deep in through the nose, out through the mouth and SMILE (repeat)
Breathing during Transition – cleansing breath deep in through the nose, out through the mouth / “he he he who” / “he he who” / “he who” / cleansing breath deep in through the nose, out through the mouth and SMILE (repeat)
We then went over a relaxation exercise. First I had to give Papa Hall a hand massage and after he gave me one. Releasing all the tension in our palms with eyes closed, I dozed off a little bit. LOL
We were given homework: 1) To pack our hospital bag. 2) Practice our breathing. 3) Give each other a foot massage
The next day we went over
C- Castor oil A – Acupuncture / Acupressure N- Nipple stimulation CC – Apparently there’s a restaurant in NY that claims its Chicken Catachori induces labor M – moving; walking
Medically Assisted Induction:
Cervidil – vaginal suppository / Breaking the waters / Foley catheter / Pitocin drip (which is usually followed by an epidural)
She went over the differences between Stadol and an Epidural (analgesic vs anesthetic). She then went over How to choose a Pediatrician; things to think about: Location / Insurance / Hours / Philosophy on breastfeeding, sleeping, immunizations/ Office / Manner / Phone Calls / Solo or group practice / Education / Hospital affiliation / Age / Gender / License
We went over a list of things to have ready at home for mom and baby. And then we went over a few random things like circumcision, caring for the umbilical cord, sleeping and tummy time.
We reviewed all of the breathing techniques again but this time our partners were squeezing our legs and it really is amazing the difference it makes to focus and breathe during pain; it completely distracts you! We also went over a number of positions for labor on and off the birthing ball (shown below)!
We really felt great after the weekend of classes! Like a team ready to go! Missey gave us such positive reinforcements (“you can do anything for 90 seconds”) and reminded us the entire time that Childbirth is “Natural, Normal and Healthy”! I’m ready for a natural childbirth and pray that everything goes smoothly!