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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Labor Preparation Class

Becoming a first-time parent is really enjoying and exciting, especially during pregnancy. Hubby and I gone through lots of sweet and sad memories but we cherished every single second and minute with no regret. When we previously attended Antenatal Class, Neng, our physiotherapist, recommended her other session, which was Labor Preparation Class. This class is conducted in two different sessions, group and individual. After being explained on the advantages, we decided to choose the individual session, for it includes a visit to the Labor Room.

On 13 Mac 2014, we attended the said class. We went to PCMC Physical Rehabilitation Medicine area and waited for our beautiful physiotherapist. She then ushered us to the Labor Room at 6th floor where the room is fully equipped with medical and entertainment facilities. Nice! I thought of taking a photo of the room but I saw a sign of “No Camera” outside the door, so I respected the rule.

In the room, Neng started her session by giving a brief but thorough processes and tips. There were “do(s)” and “don’t(s)” that we thought it was OK, but it wasn’t actually OK. And vice versa. We have been taught to be positive and not panic, so that we know what to do.

Here are the steps that I think I should share…at least, you guys know what to expect.

A) Check the sign of labor.
1) Show – Blood show without contraction or waterbag broke is OK. Blood show with contraction or waterbag is NOT OK. Start your engine and head to the hospital.
2) Contraction – Contraction without blood or waterbag broke is depends on the frequency. One hour once is still OK but five minutes once is NOT OK. Start your engine and head to the hospital.
3)  Waterbag – Waterbag broke is NOT OK. Start your engine and head to the hospital.

B) Monitor the contraction and heart rate.

1) Machine – Always look at the machine next to the bed. The higher the rate, the calmer you should be. This is to avoid weariness during labor.
2) Breathing Technique – Husband need to learn and memorize the breathing technique, and guide your wife accordingly. When the opening is equal or below 7cm, “deep breathing” should be applied (deep inhale and deep exhale). When the opening is more than 7cm, “ho ho ho breathing” should be applied (deep inhale and three phases of exhale).
3) Push Technique – Do not push when the opening is equal or below 7cm. Only push when the opening is more than 7cm.
4) Other – Eat to get more energy. Do not scream your lung out. Save your energy for the delivery.

C) Deliver correctly.

1) Breathing Technique – As and when there is contraction and your gynea instruct you to push, look at your husband. He should know what to do, otherwise, slap him in the face! Hahaha! The script will be “Breath, Chin Down, Up, Up, Up, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15!” This instruction comes with situation of where you need to be in sitting position (almost 90 degree) and hold your breath while pushing the baby out.
2) Push Technique – Push like you are handling nature’s call! The hard one ya! Hahaha! And it should be down there, not in your face.
We then went to the ward where Neng showed us the standard room and junior suite. Standard room with the price of RM220 looks enough for us, carpeted, fridge, TV, toilet, sofa bed and such. (No sharing room at PCMC.) We then went to see the junior suite where the room is two times bigger than standard room, enough for the whole village to crash in. The price? Well…RM600 per day. And owh, you wanna know how much the suite is? RM1000. *fainted*

Enough with the excitement of room viewing, we went back to the Rehab and continued to practice what had been taught earlier. Hubby and I did quite well and we both thanked Neng for being such a dear physiotherapist. We do hope that we will be able to carry out those tips in the real situation. On God’s will! 

Other related posts :
First Trimester : Vomit Chronicle. Click HERE.
Second Trimester : Blood Anatomy. Click HERE.  
Third Trimester : Shopping Galore. Click HERE
Labor Preparation Class. Click HERE.  

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