We went to the required epidural class and hospital tour this morning. First of all, I'm pretty sure I was the oldest pregnant lady in the room. LOL. That aside, here's what I was disappointed about:
1. The required "epidural class" consisted of a crappy video that was definitely NOT informative enough for me to be able to make what I consider an informed decision about whether or not to have one (but I filled out the paperwork so I can have the option should I choose to, and I'm glad SO got to see the video, because that's probably all the information he wants to know about it anyway).
2. I'm so glad we went on the hospital tour so that now we both know where to go and what to do and what to expect, but... the hospital has NO whirlpool tubs for laboring and it doesn't appear as though much movement is encouraged there. Not once did the presenter mention options for making labor easier (granted, this was not the childbirth class, but I expected at least an aside remark about women walking during labor, etc.). The L&D rooms are nice, but they have only the bare necessities. No mention of music, and there's a flat screen TV in the room but it has very limited channels and no DVD player. All in all, it sounds like I'm going to wish I had that dang epidural because apparently limited mobility is going to be an issue in that hospital anyway.
3. I made the mistake of asking, as the presenter was showing us the nursery and telling us what they do to baby when they take him/her away from mom, how long it takes before baby is ready to be returned to mom. The answer was, "Two to four hours." Why do I not remember that part with DD? Was it just because I was 'drugged' from the anesthesia? I'm sure as heck not going to want ANYONE to take Baby D away from me right after I've had her, especially not for 2-4 hours!! I know what they're doing is necessary, but I'm having such an acute reaction to this right now, and I've been sad ever since I asked the question.
4. The hospital encourages "rooming in," which is good I know, but what if I want baby to go to the nursery at night except for feedings so I can get some sleep? Will that be discouraged? Will I be seen as a bad mom before I even take LO home? That's not the part that disappoints me. The part that disappoints me is that the hospital where I had DD (in the backwoods of northern NY, LOL) had rooming in when I had her 11.5 years ago, yet the presenter mentioned that rooming in is new here. Seriously? Does this seem really behind the times to anyone but me?
I guess I just expected things to be way more advanced than they were when I had DD and am extremely disappointed to find that things will be almost exactly as they were when I had DD, which, by the way, was NOT a pleasant birthing experience. Maybe I'll feel better once we start taking the childbirth classes, but I'm really not expecting to feel any better about all this until after the baby arrives.