Trying to be prepared for a newborn is no easy feat. So, the hubs and I decided we should take a childbirth class to help us get a grasp on what to expect before bringing our little one home. I checked with my hospital and sure enough they offered childbirth classes that ranged from Breastfeeding to Infant CPR. The class helps new parents to understand what to expect, and how to care for their infant during the first 2 weeks at home which can be scary for any first time mom or dad. They also touch on how to handle medical problems or emergencies that might occur in later childhood, for example, recommending specialist hospitals like Medical City Kids Orthopedics if your child breaks a bone. They’re extremely useful classes.
- Finding A pediatrician
- When to call the pediatrician
- Infant safety
- Sleep patterns
- How to bathe
A Few Interesting Things We Learned In Class
- Apgar score – newborn tests after birth (Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, and Respiration)
- No immunity 1st 30 Days of child’s life
- Vitamin K injection given to all babies in US so their blood can clot
- You will go through 6-8 wet diapers and 3-4 poopy diapers a day
- You can get your car seat inspected by local law enforcement, or fire station to insure proper installation.
- No bath until umbilical cord falls off
- Birth Certificate will be received in 6weeks-3months, so have your baby’s name ready!
- Health Insurance dictates the length of your hospital stay
All in All the hubs and I really enjoyed the class. It was nice to see that we weren’t alone in our anxiousness about our little ones arrival. There were 12 couples in the class and we were each supplied with our own mock infant that came with a diaper and swaddle for us to practice on. I was excited about the swaddling because I have heard from many a new mom that it’s a god send, so I was most excited to learn how to do it. What was nice as well that the hubs and I were able to share this moment together learning about how to properly care for our infant which will hopefully lead to less fussing between us when our little one arrives. To see how things went check out the pics below and let me know if you decided to take a childbirth class for your infant!