Today we attended a mother’s class in Cardinal Santos. During my last check-up, my OB mentioned that Cardinal was having their regular mother’s class / hospital tour for free, and invited me to join.
Of course, clueless mom got excited right away! I’ve been dying to find a mommy class to attend since I found out I was pregnant, and the class, basic as it was, didn’t disappoint a first-time mommy class attendee.
The class was held at Cardinal Santos from 8am to 12nn (yes, I know how hard it is for a preggy girl to get up this early, but sometimes, it’s worth the try).
The class basically had four parts:
I. Exercise & Labor
The speaker (sorry I was late so didn’t catch her name, eep) shared different breathing techniques for pushing, for relaxation, and to control yourself when you need to not yet push. She also shared some exercises to help with pain and childbirth, like the pelvic exercise (rock your hips left and right), and Kegel.
II. What To Do After Giving Birth
Officially gone are the days when right after being pulled, the baby is turned upside down, spanked, checked, cleaned and then wheeled out of mother’s sight. At least, this is no longer how it goes in Cardinal.
Now when the baby comes out, the baby is immediately dried, then placed on top of mommy’s belly for precious skin-to-skin contact. This is called “unang yakap”, a law that is now being implemented in delivery rooms all over the country. Baby is then immediately breastfed even before he is cleaned, weighed, and examined thoroughly.
The cord is not cut immediately, but after 1 – 3 minutes when the pulsation has stopped, so the precious blood supply is not cut right away.
Babies are wheeled out of the delivery room in mommy’s arms. They should be fully breastfed within 90 minutes from birth, and not washed for 6 hours when the protective residue of the amniotic fluid is still at work.
And probably the best of all, no more theatrical tapping on the nursery window glass. Baby now rooms in with mommy right after birth!
III. Cord Blood Banking
Cordlife came in to give a talk about cord blood banking. The basic idea is that baby’s umbilical cord is filled with stem cells that can be collected, stored and later on used to cure certain types of diseases that require stem cell treatment.
I’ve been curious about cord blood banking since I first read about it in the internet, so I found the talk interesting. I’ll most probably avail of Cordlife’s service, will you know more about it when I do.
You can read more about cord blood banking with Cordlife here. Stemcord is also another well-known group, you can find them here.
IV. Hospital Tour (my favorite part!!!)
Finally, we had a hospital tour wherein we toured the labor rooms, delivery room and nursery (for sick babies only and for when babies get officially weighed and recorded) of Cardinal Santos. As expected, their facilities are very impressive and quite modern, and it actually made me consider giving birth there instead (I’m planning to deliver in VRP, still need to do more research on this!).
One thing I didn’t quite love about it though, is that birth partners are not allowed in the labor rooms, unless you use the Lamaze room. Otherwise, you only get to have your hubby with you in the delivery room. I really can’t imagine going into labor without my hubby in tow.
However, there was definitely lots of things to love about Cardinal – they’re very strict in implementing “unang yakap”, they’re strong breastfeeding advocates (bottles are not allowed in hospital premises moms!), and from just that mother’s class their team seemed very capable and warm at the same time.
Oh, and we got some freebies too. The event was sponsored by baby & mommy care companies, so we found out some new things about their products, and got quite a number of samples too.
I really recommend attending the mother’s class in Cardinal Santos, especially if you’re sure you’ll give birth there. I think they do it monthly.