We completed a 6 week birthing class at a local hospital last week. The class consisted of us and two other couples. We were able to learn more about the medical side of labor and delivery and pick up some excellent pointers regarding pain management. Terrence was also able to practice giving a baby a bath, changing a diaper, and dressing one. This is a huge deal because he’s never done any of these things before. I’m super proud of him for jumping in feet first and treating that doll as if it were ours.
In addition to the knowledge gained we also got a few good laughs as one our birthing coaches was really pessimistic and a theatrical. The first day of class was only for the mother’s to be and she asked us what came to mind when we thought about labor. One woman said hard work and I said being really close to meeting my child. She looked extremely disappointed by our responses. She then took her marker and wrote, in all CAPS, on the board “PAIN.” Then turned to us and said, “You think about Pain! You think about how bad it is going to hurt!” It took everything in me not to burst into laughter. Terrence was able to witness her dramatics in future classes. He, however, did not fight his desire to laugh.