Childbirth Education Paper
The 2 hour class was very informative. The instructor initially had all the couples introduce themselves, how far along they were (in terms of their pregnancy), when their due date was, as well as who their physician was. After the ‘mini’ introductions, the instructor explained the child birthing process. She briefly touched base on these topics: what types of delivery one can have, either a c-section or a vaginal delivery, breastfeeding as opposed to giving formula, and irregular versus regular contractions. She also explained that everything the mother puts into her body, the baby receives as well. There after, she showed a 20 minute video on the latter half of the class about 2 women giving birth. One was giving birth ‘naturally’ at home. Naturally meaning no anesthesia and the other was giving birth in a hospital setting with anesthesia. From there, the instructor ended the class with having all the mothers lay on the floor along with their partners to do some breathing exercises. She explained to the class that proper breathing will ensure a much easier and smoother labor. Overall, the class was quite informative. I learned a lot regarding the child birthing process as well as the different interactions each pregnant couple showed. I am truly glad to have attended such a class.
The one topic the instructor touched based on that intrigued me was the Kegel Exercise. I didn’t know that women and men should do this exercise and that it is beneficial to do it. I learned that a Kegel exercise consists of contracting and relaxing the muscles of the pelvic region and that men and women should do this 3-5 times a day because it strengthens their pelvic muscles. It is highly recommended for pregnant women to practice such exercise for it prepares them for the extreme pain/stress they’re going to endure in the later stages of their pregnancy as well as for their vaginal delivery. I learned that this exercise is also...
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