I’ve heard of lots of talk lately about childbirth classes. You’d think this talk came from my doctor, and yes, I was given a few pamphlets of class times to consider. The bulk of this talk though was overhead at work, by none other than co-worker N, and surprisingly his conversations with Debbie Downer. Could there be any other two people I want to hear talk, and about childbirth???
Before I say any more, please know these are my personal feelings and I certainly don’t mean to disregard others opinions and desires… Whether or not you choose to attend one or 20 classes to prepare for labor and delivery and all that follows in raising children, I understand it’s completely up to you. We all come with our own set of prior knowledge and experience.
All that said, I don’t wish to take any formal childbirth classes. Eric is not an OB/GYN (whom he refers to as ureter assassins as they routinely cut into the bladder and/or ureters during C-sections which he is forced to fix at all hours of the night) but he has delivered his fair share of babies, and cared for thousands as both in and out-patients. See, here’s the thing I didn’t understand about medicine until I met Eric… If you admit a patient, you are responsible for their entire line of care, unless you call for another specialty’s consult. That means any issue that patient has, be it heart, liver, respiratory, you name it, he deals with it. I’m truly amazed they expect this, but they do! So I have every confidence in Eric to help me care for this child once we take it home from the hospital. As far as the actual labor and delivery, well, I guess I figure one way or another, this baby will enter the world. I trust the nurses and doctors available the day of my delivery will help Eric and I through the process. I mean, way back when women had babies alone in fields right? Sure, some died, but I’ll be in a top-notch hospital with plenty of specialists should the need arise. I’m not at all concerned.
Maybe I’m just not into formal classes… I mean, I’ve watched enough children in the past, I know how to bathe them, change diapers, feed them… And besides, all babies/children are different, right? I’ll get to know my daughter’s habits and patterns…
So my question to all of you, whether you took formal classes or not, are there any books you would recommend? We can probably stay away from ultra-natural childbirth related books, as I’ll be ordering my epidural on the way to the hospital 🙂 No judging please, I don’t deal with pain well, and heck, if it’s available, I’m gonna enjoy the relief! What about books on getting babies to sleep, or getting them on a schedule? Or breastfeeding, I assume there must be some good books out there on that topic, as that is an area I’m not as familiar. Again, my plan was to rely on a lactation specialist at the hospital once baby is born, but if I can learn some ahead of time on my own, all the better.
I appreciate any and all suggestions, thanks 🙂