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I am expecting twins in the next couple of months and feeling very anxious about being a new mother. I am an anxious person in general but it took us a while and lots of help to conceive our twins and I am just so scared about something happening to them. My mother suggested that doing some first aid training may help ease some of my worries. What first aid training is best for new parents? Do I need to do asthma and anaphylaxis training? How often should first aid be renewed?
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I think the basic first aid training and newborn classes will be just fine! You can likely ask your health care provider or hospital for more information. If you're crunched for time, I have had friends find online classes that have provided great information as well.
When I had my second son, I realized around age 1 that he was a little bit more of a risk-taker than my first. I was able to reach out to our local fire department and asked them about hosting a CPR/First Aid class. I found a bunch of other moms who were in the same boat (expecting and current parents) and we were able to get the class together. It was really wonderful because it provided some information I wouldn't have even thought about. For example, what degree of injury warrants a trip to the ER vs. calling the ambulance.
The first aid training we got form our hospital was amazing. We went to a class a few weeks before our son was born and, while a bit terrifying for new parents like us, the info we gleaned was invaluable. I would also recommend a newborn class if you can find one or just breezing through the chapters of a baby book that deals with the first few months of baby-hood. There will be enough advice in there and tidbits of information that, if you know them ahead of time, will save you lots of anxiety in the moment. But also, remember to breathe. You will be fine. I can't relate to having twins but all of the worries I had in the lead-up to his actual birth mostly just melted away after my kid made it out safe. I was filled with new worry, sure, but I also felt prepared to handle most situations. And don't forget, you have instincts built in to your DNA. Listen to them.