We enjoyed Elissa’s class again tonight, there was one more couple joining us. I like the class because she’s worked as a labor nurse and has a lot of experiences seeing different births. I particularly like the fact that she explains the risks and benefits of medication, from a nurse’s perspective. In some cases, different pain medications are used for a good reason and did help some slow labor to progress to avoid C-section. What really shocked us was the conversation we had with this new couple, they don’t have insurance, or in their case, their BCBS requires additional pregnancy premium one year before the pregnancy starts, so they are not covered! Isn’t that ridiculous? So they are paying everything out of their own pocket, to OB and hospital. I feel really bad, since the deal they made with the OB has a much higher price tag than what we paid, also I don’t think they have any idea of what the bills are going to be from the hospital after the birth, they better hope for a complete natural birth, once the epidural and other intervention, like forceps, vacuum extraction or NICU are involved, who knows what the bills will be like? I suggested hiring a midwife and use the hospital as a backup, they said, “oh that’s scary!” so I talked no more, it’s too late in the game for them anyway, they are in their 34th week. I remember my hospital stay back in 2003 was over 50K for one week, and I wondered how they are going to pay off their debt, their attitude is that they have tons of student loans already, they will just work with the hospital and pay it off in 5~7 years. Both Michael and I were shocked hearing it, we don’t know whether they will be so cool when they start to pay off their debt, probably will take them much much longer.
We went over the breathing skills and pain management techniques for labor and delivery, that’s always my favorite part of the classes! I am familiar with most of it from previous class and watching videos but the practice is always good. Elissa also talked about the complications involved with pregnancy, and shockingly, the number 1 cause of death of pregnant women is not preeclampsia, like in other industrialized countries, it’s HOMICIDE!!!