If you could only pick one class, what would you pick? PIOG
My first son was born in a hospital, and I was so unprepared for labor that I got an epi right away at 6cm. Yep, I went that fast. Had I known I only had two hours left, I would have skipped it, but the nurse told me it could still take hours upon hours, so I got it. My son's heart rate declined, the alarms went off multiple times, I was put on oxygen, couldn't feel to push, got a 3rd degree epesiotomy, and they gave me phenargin right afterwards because I threw up, and that knocked me out for the first 8 hours of my son's life. Needless to say, I don't want to go through that again.
Because all that stuff (and more) happened in my last delivery, the one and only birth center within an hour of me won't take me. But there is a hospital that has a great midwifery program, and they allow water births. I plan to have a natural delivery in this hosptial, and since this hospital is known for being the place to go for no interventions, I know it will happen easily without hopspital/nurse interferance.
I want to be more prepared for labor though, so I'm wondering what class I should take. I considered hypnobirthing, but I've been told that's a great method, till you get out of your "zone". I've heard great things about the Bradley Method, but I don't really know much about it. I can only take one class, and because they're so popular at the hospital I kind of need to make sure I'm registered within the next month. Are there other classes that you would recommend over those? Can you tell me the pros and cons of each method you're aware of?
If I'm determined, I know I can do it with no interventions at this hospital. But all it takes is a moment of weakness for me to ask for something and since I'm in a hospital, it can be given in a heartbeat. I don't want that! I plan on hiring a doula as well.