I came across this article, Here's Why We Don't Learn in Many Childbirth Classes, and I was reminded of our Lamaze class we had before Charis was born. Drew and I were scheduled to take a Lamaze class on July 10 and 17 of 2010.
Unfortunately when I was pregnant, it was SO HARD to try and find a childbirth class that I would be able to attend without worrying about work. I worked full time nights as a RN in CCU at a local hospital and had a difficult time finding various childbirth classes that I could attend all the sessions. I finally found one and thought I had "lucked out", but my husband's grandmother died on July 7 and the funeral was on July 10, in Pennsylvania, 5 hours from where we lived. I did not go to the Lamaze class on July 10, but was able to go to the class on July 17, after getting off work at 7:30 that morning (not my brightest move).
Unfortunately I made a few "mistakes": 1) Not researching the different types of classes. Looking back I think, I would have liked to take a Bradley class (maybe next time). 2) Not looking sooner. Unfortunately, some of the classes I did find that would have worked with our schedules were full.
Good things about our class: 1) The class was small. There were 5 couples, which meant we got to practice our relaxation techniques more and have the instructor help us out more. 2) The instructor gave risks and benefits of many procedures. Unfortunately, she did not cover water birth, not that my hospital would have allowed that anyway. 3) The instructor stayed with my husband and I for 1-2 more hours trying to cram material in that we missed the week before.
When I went into nursing, I had a dream to work in labor and delivery, but not anymore. I don't necessarily like saying, "This is the policy of the hospital. So, we can't to XYZ for you." Which is what I feel I would be forced to say if I worked in L&D. Now, I sometimes think I would like to become a Doula or Child birth educator. I do want to read some books first, such as: