if you took la mas classes to help you breath better durning labor, Did it help? Would you recommend it?
when did you start taking the classes, I need info I don't really know that much about it and was wondering what everyone thought... <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif">
Angie, Take the childbirth classes if it will make you feel more prepared. Sometimes it's better going into something feeling like you know a little about it. Many women find the breathing helpful: however, just to let you know (and this is a very touchy subject for some moms!), most women I know needed a little something during labor. The only two women I know who made it through without drugs had very quick (under 6 hours) labors. But I don't want to push medication, I'm just letting you know what I've experienced. But back to your question... It can't hurt knowing how to calm yourself during labor. I would recommend checking with an area hospital or clinic for classes, or ask your doctor. Usually the classes start later in the pregnancy (it's been a while... somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I took my classes in my final trimester of pregnancy). The classes may help you a lot, and may even make drugs unnecessary. And meeting with other expectant parents and sharing your experience really helps you relax.
Best of luck to you.
I took a La Maz class and enjoyed it, but when the time came to have the baby, I didn't use it at all. I had a very short labor, 3 1/2 hours ( I was dialated to 4 cm for 3 1/2 weeks). I was so rigid and in so much pain that all the things I learned were of no use. The nurse had to stare at me right in the eyes and force me to breathe. I will be taking another class this time around too, though. So I think it's different for everyone. Hopefully I will be able to retain some of the information and helpful tips this time around. Good luck to you.
I didn't take the class simply b/c I didn't feel breathing was going to help me. I hate pain of any form and planned to get an epidural. That was the best thing that ever happen to me..when I finally got it 30 min after labor started..I was screaming for it. And I was so scared of the thought of a needle going in my back before then. But when I was in labor I didn't think about anything but making the pain go away. I also figured that I didn't want to watch a movie of childbirth..I would much rather ask my friends about it. Anything else I wanted to know I read about in a book or on a prenancy website. Plus, docs are good information sources!! I guess to me the class seemed like a waste of time. Plus, I didn't want to subject my poor hubby to the classes!! He went to EVERY appointment..I figured I would spare him that agony. One thing I heard the class is good for is to find a group of women who may want to start a Mommy and Me support group. That could be the one upside!! In all, you should look at your life and judge if you have time and how well you handle pain. Personally, I'm a wimp and would rather have the meds. It couldn't hurt the baby too badly or they wouldn't let you have it. I know the say meds slow down the labor..but if you can't feel it why does it matter if it slows down a little?? But that is just my opinion!!
Smile, life doesn't last that long.
The classes help a lot of people. I hope our posts havn't discouraged you from going. I think we get something out of everything new we try. Some people who are very "in tune" with their bodies might do better at it. All I know is I didn't want anything (medicine) and didn't have anything but a shot of something which did NOTHING. Every labor is different too. Mine was straight into transitional labor so I went from mopping the floor feeling fine to curled up in a ball screaming. And we had our little girl less than 4 hours later. I think if you can you should try the classes. Who knows, it might help you a lot. And if nothing else, it gives you a chance to do something special for yourself and your hubby will be supporting you. As for the movies of childbirth, the ones I saw were of the most mellow women I've ever imagined. It looked like nothing to them to push that baby out. I was a little annoyed with that. These women had obvoiusly had other children or something. They were breathing calmly and when the baby came out it looked like it was so easy - which it is not!! At least not your first time. Anyway, maybe it was all the Lamaz they did! Good luck.