A day before that a very friendly nurse/staff called me to remind about the class. Also to remind I haven't make any payment to book the class. Hah.. yg ni makcik tak tau, igtkan bayar on the spot. Tkpelah, she said dtg awal sikit esok Tingkat 4, education dpmt.
Carik parking tak susah, tp jauh sikit la, since yg depan pintu dah penuh. Rupa2 nya KPJ ada plan nk buat renovation nak besarkan hospital. Jadik in a few months time akan ada face lift. Yang bestnya I dapat buggy ride from parking to the entrance, agaknya kesian tgk ibu mengandung kena menapak jauh. (Takdela jauh mana sebenarnya) but still, i took that ride. Good effort nak menyenangkan patient :)
First module starts with Introduction by Puan Faridah, followed by Care during pregnancy. Not much new information for me because I've read about this, but good to refresh my memory. Then we had break, they served us with Milo and kuih muih. Oh..Milo is really my fav right now. I can't live a day without 2 cups of Milo at least.
Mind you its really cold in the room, seb baik nurse dah awal2 warning bawak sweater.
Next is Pain relief during labour. Oh,this one I am really looking forward to, just to know what are my options. Pn Suraya the anaesthetist gave the talk, very pleasant woman :)
So what they offer is this (yang i igt lah)
*Pethidine or Meptazinol (types of drug injected into your body every 2 -4 hours)
*Laughing gas (inhale Nitrous Oxide)
*Epidural (Must be injected at your spine bone before 4cm dilation)
Well, my first choice would be natural birth without any drug aid. The laughing gas maybe nak sikit. hehe..The Anaesthetist said you should know your body well. I know my pain tolerance level is quite high but of course it would not be the same as labour pain. But, I will try my best because i want to feel as natural as it can get giving birth to my baby. Kalau tak tahan sgt, i will opt for epidural. But epidural is best given before 4cm dilation because after that the contraction starts getting more often that it is hard for anaesthetist to aim the needle.
Help me God, may I can get through the labor without much complication. Amiin.
Ready for epidural
And then Puan Faridah conducted the breastfeeding class. In KPJ they fully support breastfeeding. I learned how is the correct technique to latch, how to massage breast for milk production etc.
The important thing i learnt was sometimes your body still does not produce milk for up to 3 days after you gave birth. But its essential to make sure your baby is breastfed during the first 3 hours lepas bersalin tu. That is when the colostrum (susu awal ibu) is produced. Sgt2 penting untuk antibody baby to prepare her for her first journey outside of the womb.
I read somewhere that our body start producing colostrum when you reach 6th months of pregnancy. With correct massage technique, you can actually see it. True enough, balik2 je dari class i tried, and i can see the sticky and thick fluid came out of the nipple, takdelah byk just a few drops.. Perasaan agak touchy feely knowing that my body has started preparing for arrival of my baby. Berair gak mataku.
Sang bapa-to-be mencuba breastfeed with fake tits and fake baby. hehe
Oh, if you are planning to breastfeed, don't forget to buy the C shape pillow. Very useful to avoid backache and also for baby and mommy's comfort. :)
And then we had our lunch break. Lunch ialah lauk kari ayam, sayur kobis ngn ikan masak merah. Standard lah kan, hospital food. Tapi entah kenapa, licin je pinggan ku, mungkin kerana kelaparan dan kesejukan.
Next is process of labour. One of the panel doctor, Doctor Yin gave out the talk. Very exciting and byk information. Yang paling penting yang ku pelajari.. for first time mothers the usual rate for dilation (bukaan servik)
1cm= 1 hour
For full dilation of 10 cm means 10 jam la? What? That long..? But doctor Yin said, it depends on the baby's condition whether mommy needs to be induced (masuk air) so that the process is quicker.
And there is 3 stages of labour
*Dilation of cervic from 1cm- 10 cm (cuba amik pembaris pastu tgk size 10 cm.. takutnyeeee)
*Placcenta (uri) delivery
Pastu doctor akan jahit, which is called episiotomy.. OK for my information lagi, the most painful ordeal is contraction, this happens in the first stage of labour. The pain is very overwhelming, this is when women screaming for epidural even when they're not planning for it. Uhhh... *seram*
Ada jugak dia tunjuk slide show with very visual graphic during labour. The girl sits next to me even cried silently, either terharu dengan proses childbirth ataupun seriau nak melaluinya. Baby MM inside my tummy masa slot ni mmg tak dok diam, agaknya dia pun nervous time ni. Baby, don't worry.. we'll make it together ok, mommy will be there for you.. mommy promise.
Then, there is exercise during pregnancy, how to get up from bed/go to bed without straining the back. Tgk gambar je lah.. nak explain pjg2 dah malas, entry ni pun dah berjela2.
I'm a bit dissapointed they didn't go in detail about breathing techniques. I think that is very important. Hmm... maybe I can just read in the internet ataupun suh kwn2 yg experience ajar. :)
And then before we go back, Pn Faridah taught us how to bathe a baby, dan juga how to massage baby. They even give a DVD about baby massage. Its really helpful to calm the baby, make her at ease, senang tidor, buang angin.. and overall make her a happy baby.
This is puan faridah demo on how to bathe baby
I didn't cover about diet in pregnancy and care for newborn slots. Nanti lah kalau rajin boleh buat satu lagi entry.
Lastly, we did a tour of the labour room and also ward before we go back at 7pm.
I met a few mom to be's, sempat sembang2.. ada yg dah 9 bulan pregnant, tunggu masa je.. Interesting to share their experience..
Overall i think the class was conducted well.. I can't do a comparison since this is my first time attending such class. But if you want in details, boleh je email me, I'll be happy to share.
Till then, ciao..