Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Birthing Class

So here's where you get to know Elana more than you thought possible...

I enrolled in a birthing class today. Now for the background story. :-) When I was a kid, I was always fascinated by pregnancy and childbirth, but also completely embarrased by it. I could watch the same footage of someone on a TV show giving birth (completely fake, of course) a zillion times, but I'd be rediculously embarrased if someone was watching with me or if someone "caught" me watching it. It's not like I was watching pornography, but it still felt weird. Anyhoo, if someone else was in the room, I couldn't even watch someone on TV in a birthing class without my face getting all red! So now you know how I feel about this. I'm terrified that I'm going to be all embarrased just being in a birthing class with my hubby! Heck, I'm terrified that I'm going to be embarrased giving birth in front of anyone--hubby, nurses, even the doctor. So I'm all excited to be going to a real birthing class (where I probably know all the info anyway from watching all those tv shows and reading everything in sight), but I'm also embarrased that I'm even signed up. lol Maybe I should just stay home and give birth by myself in the bathtub. :-) I'm a weirdo, but that's why you love me!

7 comments:

nancy said...

You may be embarrassed in class if that's the type you are, but when the time comes, you won't give a crap who sees up your hooha when you are trying to push babies out. I didn't care if the janitor was there if they would just get the pain to end!

Jewels said...

Ahh- No worries, I'm embarrassed watching Samantha have sex on "Sex and the City" - but I have no problem having sex with my DF =D.

When the time comes - you'll do great.

Earl Gearl said...

I'm like that, too! I always got beet red when I went to my doctor about treatments. I didn't even have to take my pants off for most of those appointments, but the second he walked in the door was the second I got extremely flushed!

margelina said...

I have to agree with Nancy. Chilbirth just takes all your modesty and inhibitions and throws them out the window! I don't know about the class...I never once took them. I was actually quite afraid of what I may hear about or read, plus I coached my sister through 2 natural births, so I didn't feel very compelled to take them. Definitely let us know how it is for you!

the mol said...

I had to have an induction, and the first phase of the induction was the insertion of the cervidil bulb. The OB resident, a woman, was doing the procedure, and she asked if a male med student could watch. I said no. Later on, of course, as it got close to delivery, everyone was up in there looking at what was going on.

Elana Kahn said...

See, I'm not embarrassed about anyone seeing my privates. I've had enough people looking at them from the procedures and such that I'm quite used to it--males and females alike. I'm more embarrassed about the whole pushing thing I guess...

Shauna said...

Elana, don't be embarrassed to push! I had to have a male Dr to deliver, since my lovely lady Dr was out of town. I wasn't embarrassed at all, but I'll admit that I did hold back just a little bit while pushing, just so I wouldn't poop or something (which I didn't :) )