Today we went to our first cours de preparation pour naissance (birth preparation course) with one of our hospital’s puéricultrices (children’s doctor). This is an optional class that is covered by social security and I definitely recommend you taking advantage of it! We ended up being a group of about 8 women and 2 men – nice that my husband was not the only man in there.
The puéricultrice began by discussing what we should expect when arriving at the hospital on the big day. I knew most of the information already from discussions with our hospital’s sage-femmes (midwives), but picked up some important new information. I was also very comforted by the puericultrice’s attitude towards natural births and stepping back with little intervention. This hospital’s policies are very in line to what I would experience at a birthing center – which is a relief.
When the baby is born, she will stay with me for 2 hours of uninterrupted time. We will have skin-to-skin contact as we bond and she nurses for the first time. The umbilical cord will remain uncut until it stops beating. My husband can choose to cut the umbilical cord as long as it is a normal birth. [Read more…]