Last night we had our second antenatal class. This weeks class was focused on pain relief, both natural and the various forms offered by the hospital, including epidural. The midwife also discussed birthing positions and continued on from last weeks discussions on what to expect during labour.

We watched the end of the birthing video which showed the birth of a baby. Charles was fine with the video but I don’t think he enjoyed it :). They also passed around a couple of the medical items used for pain relief, such as the way the “happy gas” or “laughing gas” (Nitrous Oxide) is delivered to the patient and the needles used for an epidural and local anesthetic.

Comfort in labour was also discussed and we were shown different techniques and some of the items available to us at the hospital to help us be as comfortable as possible. We were shown techniques for using items such as the birthing ball and birthing stool. There are also heat bags and massaging tools available when in labour.

After everything discussed we have decided to try and avoid having an epidural. I understand that not everything goes according to plan in labour however it is always suggested to have some sort of birthing plan.

I always thought it was silly to have a birthing plan but at the end of the day everyone has different opinions on what they do and don’t want for the birth of their baby, which basically equals a birthing plan! I guess I always just thought a birthing plan was for those that wanted to do things a little different and not give birth in a hospital. But being full informed and researching all aspects of labour you soon find out how many choices you actually have to make. 

After hearing all the options for pain relief I’ve decided to do this the natural way and simply use the happy gas where needed. I don’t like a lot of the risks involved with some of the other pain relief and want to do what is best for Addison. I will also use heat packs and massage to help, plus hot water and showers. At least now I have a better idea of what I want for labour, we will just see how everything goes on the day!

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