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My current hospital-based childbirth series has been a lot of fun. The 10 couples in the class are engaged, 296660035_5caa6cc01d4participatory and very funny. I am enjoying this group! Wednesday, I was teaching and before we started talking about pain medications, I asked the class if they thought childbirth “had to hurt?” One guy raised his hand and said, “Of course it hurts, there is a baby ripping and tearing through your vagina!”
The class collectively inhaled sharply, and there was silence. “What???,” he inquired, “I thought it was okay to say vagina in this class?” I held in my laugh, and politely informed him, “It was the ripping and tearing part that got us!” We went on to have a great talk about the power and purpose of pain! I love my job!

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Yesterday I had a reunion celebrating the births of a recent childbirth class series. This group of parents was a totally fun group to have in class, engaged, asking questions, having lively discussions and forming a community amongst themselves as the weeks progressed. Sometimes I think the most important thing I can offer expectant families is this sense of community! They formed a google group at the end of class, shared birth stories and pictures, made some pizza dates and met for coffee, before and after the babies arrived! By the time I met all the babies at the reunion, they had gotten together several times and shared advice and wisdom as they learned along with their newborns.

Could these little babes be any cuter?

Could these little babes be any cuter?

I was so happy to hear the birth stories (these women are strong!) and was so proud at how confidently they moved in the world of the new parent, and so willingly shared their tips and tricks with each other.

It takes a village, and these families were creating it right in front of my eyes! Plans are underway for more meetings in the future, and a slew of emails went back and forth today with more things to share.

Events like this remind me how much I love my job!

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As you and your partner get ready to have your VBAC with this baby, think how better prepared you will be with a wonderful, experiential refresher especially designed for VBAC mamas! Spend just one day focusing on this baby and connecting with your partner, in the company of other families having the same experience. Remind yourself about the stages and phases of labor, tips on preparing the sibling(s) at home for a new baby, things you can do in labor to help with back pain and the OP baby, including prenatal positions and exercises to get the little one lined up correctly before labor starts, local hospital protocols for VBAC women, choices and options that can help you succeed, and current research about the safety of VBAC births. Get a chance to experience a labor simulation, where you try a variety of coping skills and techniques, identifying what might work for you on the big day!

Falling in love after a fantastic VBAC!

Falling in love after a fantastic VBAC!

You will leave class at the end of the day confident and assured that you are strong, you are capable, your body and your baby know what to do and you can succeed!

The day is full of useful information, lively discussion and practical tips all intended to prepare you for a successful vaginal birth after a cesarean.

Check out the VBAC page on my website for more information and 2009 class dates, comments from prior students and shoot me an email if you are interested. Next class is March 21st! Space is limited. I look forward to having you in class.

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