11 November 2002 @ 10:10 pm
Child birthing class: only slightly more amusing than it sounds. And the teacher is a talker, so I expect it to run slightly late every week. Sigh. I mean, six to eight sessions? How complicated can this process be? (Answer: average first labor is 18 hours. Yeesh.)

Fun facts! Teacher reports that England will not prosecute a mother for the death of a child for the first year (supposedly, medical recognition of maternal mood swings. Still, that's messed up.) Also, the teacher (a nurse and mother of *6*) mentioned when one of her kids, who was old enough to know better, walked up to a pregnant mother at the mall and said "You know what, that's gonna hurt when it comes out." Hee hee.
keep it darksnidegrrl on November 11th, 2002 09:34 pm (UTC)
If talking about it in a class makes it any less painful, then if/when it happens to me I'm taking class all day, every day, for nine months.
PMMJ: Raichucheetahmaster on November 12th, 2002 11:34 am (UTC)
Best handout: the paper with a diagram of how big a 10cm-diameter circle is.
keep it darksnidegrrl on November 12th, 2002 10:53 pm (UTC)
I was gonna try to make a Ring joke here but I think that that would be inappropriate.

Instead I'll just say, "you know... for kids!"
Regsnake~DeuceMaxwellhakainokami on November 12th, 2002 01:11 am (UTC)
How complicated can this process be?
If your lucky? not very.
Be lucky.

PMMJ: Gorillacheetahmaster on November 12th, 2002 11:36 am (UTC)
The nice teacher pointed out that, yes, all the stories of complications and problems are scary, but really, there's a whole lot of people on earth, with a lot worse health care, who did a lot less planning. So something must be going right. The class is just to make it easier and more comfortable, and give us a basis of knowledge, in case one of the relatively rare problems comes up.
Regsnake~DeuceMaxwellhakainokami on November 13th, 2002 09:02 pm (UTC)
It also depends on planning, there are plenty of things that are fine in a hospital and really bad at home or in the back of an ambulance which is where I would encounter them, and hear stories. Also stories of really easy 12 hour labors and easy birth- the woman apperantly already had about five kids already though. My mom said 18 hours is lucky, everyone she knows had at least 30 for the first. Though when you think about it, by the time you get to the birthing the complicated part is over...