This technically happened during week 33, but on Sunday we took a Labor and Delivery class. We got there at 9:00 a.m. and left (early!) at 4:15 p.m. It was a lot of information. Some of which I think we could have gotten from the internet. Some was really helpful. Like the maternity ward tour. Some kind of freaked me out. Like placental abruption, which happens to only a very, very small percentage of women but happened to be the last topic our instructor covered before saying some closing remarks like “I hope I was able to calm all your fears today.” It’s hard to say yes when the class ends with placental abruption.
We were asked to share our biggest labor and delivery fear. Mine is being stuck in rush hour traffic when my water breaks. Did you know that chances are slim that your water breaks outside of the hospital? Movies and TV shows would never have you believe that. Only about 14% of women are surprised by their water breaking. It’s much more likely that you’ll have hours and hours of labor pain with your water breaking in the hospital. I find this very comforting. I never thought I would find the idea of hours of pain comforting, but I like the idea that I’ll have (hopefully) plenty of warning that Baby A is on his way.