Now that I am almost out of my first trimester, I am becoming a little apprehensive about the fact that I know almost nothing about childbirth or newborns. I considered taking one of the hospital classes, but since I'm a teacher, my evenings are already packed with grading papers. And I ask my doctor or friends random questions when I think of them, but I still feel like I'm going to be totally unprepared. Has anyone else felt this way?
Just going through message boards and stuff, I see people constantly referencing medical terms I've never heard, baby products I've never heard of, etc. I will try to give you an exhaustive list of everything I actually know about, and I think you will understand that I don't know much!
Birthing process - I happened to find out that you have to pre-certify with insurance, so I did. I know that when your water breaks, you go to the hospital. I know what an epidural and an episiotomy are. I know that babies are supposed to cry after they are born, and boys are often circumcized. I know they want the baby to pee before you leave. I know they wear hats home for some reason. That's about all I know.
Newborn care - I know how to change a diaper but don't know when or why to use ointment or powder. I know that babies suck on pacifiers to, well, pacify them. I know that they can drink from your boobs and that you have to pump them if baby will be hungry and you aren't around, but I don't know why you have to pump them other times. I know you have to pat babies on the back and burp them, but I'm not sure why or when. I know that you have to support their heads when you hold them. I know that they are often swaddled, but I don't know why... it seems so uncomfortable to me, lol. I know that you shouldn't let them sleep near a bunch of fluffy stuff so they don't suffocate. I know that they sleep a lot. I have no idea about most of the products out there, especially ones that start with "B"... Bungo? Boppy? Bjorn? Are those real words, or am I making them up?
Oh, and I always see moms pour milk from the bottle onto their arm to check the temperature, but how the heck do they know what temperature it's supposed to be? lol... I'm so lost!