Sunday, 7 February 2016

Being a birthing partner; The birthing classes

Image Credit: Leanne
As someone who’s not had children yet I was really keen to attend the birthing classes so I would be fully informed on what my sister was going to be going through and therefore so I could support her to the best of my ability.

Numerous episodes of One Born Every minute have been watched and I’m starting to feel a little more prepared for what’s about to come, even if my sister isn’t.

We’ve attended three NHS run classes based at a local leisure centre and these have been invaluable, high five NHS – these are awesome. The three classes were for two hours each time and over the space of three weeks, so you have enough time in the class to be bombarded by information and have a week after to digest the information.

The first class was all about early labour signs and how to bring on labour if you are getting a little fed up in your final days. I think this is quite possibly the best class out of the three because you are taken through all the things the body will go through in early labour and then also at which point you should go to the hospital. From this I’ve learnt not to panic when Emily calls me to say she thinks she’s in labour and not to rush her into the hospital. This is so important because otherwise you either get sent home or you take the bed of someone who needs it more than you at that time.


The second class was the worst, but only because what was discussed bought on a massive panic attack. This was all about “what happens when things go wrong” and I left feeling very scared. The medical side of giving birth really hit home and whilst it should be an amazing experience there are things that can go wrong and well it’s really terrified me. On reflection it’s better to be prepared, but if my sister wants to pop the baby out in record time then that’s fine by me ;).

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Being a birthing partner; First thoughts

My Niece!

Back last summer I had a text from my sister saying that she needed to talk to me and in a split second, call it sister’s intuition, I knew she was having a baby. 

My younger and only sister, who I still think of as a child is about to embark on a huge adventure. Whilst I am crazy excited now – we are just a week off her due date – I will hold my hands up and say that my initial reaction was shocked, angry and a little bit upset. Those thoughts aside, the numerous hospital appointments, scans and classes have bought us closer in a way that I never thought would happen. 

I am extremely proud of her and how she’s handled every step of the pregnancy. I also never thought I would be this protective over her either.

 Emily’s due date is the 11th February so I’m going to document the lead up to the birth and the birth from a birthing partner's point of view.

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