On Friday night, Brett and I joined a friend for dinner and a movie. We saw the new Harry Potter movie- and, unfortunately, I was totally disappointed. I won't divulge any spoilers here, but I will say that my main beef with the film was that major scenes were cut (supposedly to cut down the run time), yet additional scenes were added- ones that ARE NOT found in the book. Craziness.
Our first birth class was on Saturday morning. We are taking a natural childbirth course based on the Bradley method, and it consists of six classes, two hours each. Shout out to Gentle Beginning Warner Robins- home of my doula, Wilma- for offering the course. Anyway, the first class was a broad overview of the labor process, focusing on emotional and physical signposts. Signposts are indicators of the different stages of labor. That is, they are ways to identify labor progression. After that, we briefly discussed nutrition and healthy living- and, luckily, I think I have this one down. I've been really careful to stay hydrated, have been drinking my 2-3 cups of red raspberry leaf per day faithfully, and am still on the treadmill. I think I'm doing fine on the protein front, too. Belinda, who teaches the class, is also an herbalist, so I picked up some good hints for herbs to add to my pregnancy teas, as well as discovered a local source for them- so no more buying online! Yay!
I can't say that we learned a whole lot from the first class- but that's because we've been reading our way through Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, Birthing from Within, etc. etc....so we have the basics down. But it was still nice to ask specific questions and to just discuss our fears. My favorite part of the class came at the end- we watched a video about natural birth in Russia. A group of women there birth both at home in tubs and- get this- in the sea! It was soooo beautiful, reassuring, and empowering to see these women give birth naturally- without fear or inhibition. Many of the births were attended by siblings. One particular birth brought me to tears- the four-year-old daughter of the laboring mother was there- and she started touching the baby's head as soon as it began crowning. She was so loving towards her little sibling, and so anxious to hold him! It was amazing to see the sense of wonder on a child's face. I can't help but wish we all had the chance to experience these sorts of births as children. Perhaps then the fear of labor that we seem to harbor in our society would be far less pervasive. To see the trailer (which you should!!), go here.
Finally, we spent the rest of the weekend doing projects around the house. Our main job was putting up the chair rail in the nursery. Long story short, it ended up being a lot more work than we expected, but we are only two short pieces away from being completed. The angle where those pieces meet is really tricky, so we're going to borrow a skill saw to do that part, rather than our cheap little mitre box. Today I sanded down the filler and applied the paint. As soon as I can pull the tape I'll post pictures. I can't wait to see the finished project!