Childbirth is a time in our lives that we only go through a few times...sometimes only once. It is a process that most of us are completely unfamiliar with and only have exposure to it through the grossly inaccurate representations we see through the media. It is a time in our lives that most couples remember forever. Women can tell their birth stories in vivid detail into their golden years.
We all lead busy lives these days.
Preparing for a baby seems to require even more of our free time. There is the task of preparing the nursery (sometimes that involves related home improvement projects). Then there is the baby shower or multiple showers in many cases. Many couples are lucky enough to have multiple showers thrown by various groups of people in their lives. While this is a wonderful thing, it does eat up a lot of precious free time. Let's not forget the work commitments many people have. It is not uncommon that couples are both trying to wrap things up before the big arrival.
All of these activities compete for our free time and childbirth classes sometimes falls by the wayside. I have heard many justifications for skipping childbirth class. These range from "I'm getting an epidural so I don't need a class" to "I have a doula so I don't need a class". I have also heard mother's state that they have done a lot of reading and therefore don't need a class.
This is a special time. Why would we skip preparation for such an important day?
How do we prepare for other big life events? With training and education, right? Would a marathon runner skip her training runs? Would a bride just show up for the wedding without any prep? NO! Why would we think that an important process like birth doesn't deserve our precious time?
It is the desire of most to have a positive childbirth experience. If you are educated in your options for this big day you are more likely to make the choices that will lead you to a positive experience. Investing your time in education will lessen the likelihood that you will have the "if I had only known..." feeling at the end of the process.
Childbirth is important. Give it the time it deserves.
Education reduces fear. The more we know about something the less fear we have. Reducing fear can have the positive effect of reducing tension and in turn this can reduce pain. Reduce pain? Yes, it is my firm belief that a childbirth class helps to reduce pain in labor and birth. This is positive for everyone, whether you are planning an unmedicated birth or a planned epidural.
Clear something off your schedule to make room for a childbirth group class or a private lesson. It's worth it your investment of time.