Last night Adam and I attended the first of two classes we are taking this week up at the hospital in preparation for Miss Adeline! The Child and Infant CPR class came highly recommended to us from our OB, and after realizing it had been several years since either of us had had a refresher on CPR, we thought it would be a smart idea to sign up! God forbid anything should ever happen, it’s always best to just have the confidence in knowing that you’d know what to do in that moment.
The class had about 6 other couples, all ranging in due dates from October 1 to December 26. I’m pretty sure I LOOKED the most pregnant though, or maybe because I was just the only one waddling over to the free cookies. #truestory
For the majority of the 3 hour class, we watched videos by the American Heart Association, and practiced our breathes and compressions in between. Even though all of the information in the video was up to date, all of the scenes and images were clearly still being pulled from someone’s floppy disk. Station wagons, mom jeans, socks and sandals, and early 90’s outfits galore! It was fabulous.
We covered everything from basic CPR, to what to do if your child or infant is choking, and how to use an AED (hint: turn it on). A lot of the information I remember learning from my glory days lifeguarding in college, but it was nice to re-learn the baby information!
After the CPR portion, we watched a video and a presentation on all things carseat safety and childproofing your house. For the most part everything we learned was common sense, but again it was nice to be reminded and bring all of that information to the front of my mind! One thing the video mentioned about childproofing was making sure your fire alarm batteries are fresh, and you have a working carbon monoxide monitor. Installing a carbon monoxide monitor has been on my to-do list for years now, and now that we’re about to bring a new family member home, we NEED to get this done!
All in all, I’m glad we took the time to take this class, and I’d highly suggest you other moms-to-be take it or something similar as well! Better safe than sorry!!