Here are some of the highlights we learned in the class. Half the reason I wrote this post is to help me remember what we learned:), so here we go...
-"The purpose in all this is to have a baby, not seek comfort."
-the stronger the contraction the sooner the baby
-all drugs can cross the placenta
-OB nurses have noted the difference in babies born to unmedicated vs medicated mothers
-babies of unmedicated mothers are often more pink, alert & responsive, scoot themselves up to the breast, cough and sneeze to clear mucus...
-babies of medicated mothers are often duskier in color, less responsive, less interested in breastfeeding, need assistance with clearing mucus...
-animals most often give birth at night
-labor rooms are best dimly illuminated
-animals do not like to be observed in labor
-a distressed armadillo can delay giving birth for over 2 years
-Harvard University determined in 1990 that the median length of pregnancy is 41 weeks and 1 day, not 40 weeks
-the more false labor experienced, the less real labor one will likely have
-pregnant women need 80-100 grams of protein daily
-squatting during labor increases the outlet of the pelvis more than 10%
-walking during labor shortens labor by an average of 28%
-posture, especially during the last trimester can affect the positioning of the baby in womb
-breech babies will sometimes turn by responding to the sound of their daddy's voices low near the abdomen or a flashlight (might not work, but it sure can't hurt!:))
-cervical dilation can actually reverse under stress
That's the end of my thoughts for now. Any childbirth tips and secrets out there you're willing to share??:)