I remember having the discussion with Dan about wanting to go to birth class while I was pregnant. I swear it was like I not only had to convince him—I had to drag him there all but kicking and screaming. Then, after about the first 20 minutes or so he really started to loosen up and enjoy it. In retrospect, I think he’d agree that taking a birth class through Methodist was one of the best things we did.
Once I found out I was pregnant I went out and bought several books that helped guide me, answer questions and tell me what the heck was happening with my body. But Dan wanted no part of the extracurricular reading. So, for us, the birth classes with Methodist were a great way to get us both on the same page with what was happening, what was inevitably going to happen, and life afterward. It gave us comfort to be taking the class with other couples who were in the same boat as us and we were all due about the same time. It also gave us great conversation pieces and things to think about. And, what I liked best was that they also gave us great advice and suggestions for keeping our marriage strong AFTER the baby. I think the best thing for us to come from the class was learning how Dan could support me during my pregnancy, labor/delivery and after. During the breast feeding class our instructor told us that even though that’s something Dad cannot do, he can be supportive, encouraging and praise Mom for her efforts and all she is doing. That was a good lesson for both of us.
If this is your first pregnancy or it’s been a while, I highly recommend the birth class at Methodist Women’s Hospital. The instructors are knowledgeable, friendly and make the classes interesting and informative without wasting your time. Plus, Methodist offers a variety of other classes for siblings, grandparents and back to work breastfeeding. They really do a great job of taking the worry out of having a baby both during and after.