June 18, 2013
I love this quote from "The Official Lamaze Guide Giving Birth With Confidence" by Judith Lothian and Charlotte DeVries. Labor IS very much a job. Let's prepare for it in the same way that we would a job. When I take on a new job I often spend time reading company handbooks, learning about company policies. New jobs often require employees to take extra training courses or job orientations. Attending a childbirth education course is one way to preparing for the "job" ahead. By choosing to spend time at a childbirth education class you are preparing for the job of labor. In childbirth class you learn about the challenges of labor and discover strategies on how to deal with these challenges. Embrace this challenge! Go into labor with your mind set on the job at hand, having a baby. Be knowledgeable about your options. Don't just trust that your doctor/midwife will tell you what to do. Don't try to get it over with as quickly and easily as possible. You are the only one able do the job of birthing your baby. It's an awesome responsibility and a privilege as well.
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