Dr. William Camann, director of obstetric anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and author of "Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth" answered your questions on different labor and birth techniques.
See the transcript below.
We know you probably hate Hallmark holidays.
We don’t plan to shove a lifetime of praise for your role into one day. Nor do we plan to load your man cave with tchotchkes to remind you of what a great father you may be.
Your gift today is to know how only one word can sum up how important you are to your family.
Taking a childbirth class was probably one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy.
It allowed three hours a week of undistracted time to communicate our labor and birth plan.
And -- thank goodness -- it shot down my husband’s idea of shoving me in the back of his police cruiser and, sirens on, speed his way to the hospital -- all before ferociously wheeling me through the maternity ward like Julianne Moore in the movie “Nine Months.”
But, while I spoke highly about childbirth classes to expectant mothers asking for advice on the best thing they can do to include their partner in the journey, I have a confession to make: I wasn’t always paying attention in class.
At a wedding we attended last week, my husband and I sat next to a young couple who recently had their first child. In true new first-time-parent fashion, our discussion quickly turned to our newborns, and then to the mothers who birthed them.
How long were you trying? Were you trying? Was it natural? How long did it take you to lose your pregnancy weight?
Her pregnancy story was dramatically different than mine.
“So you’re pretty much the girl that women hate,” she concluded.
Mind you, just 20 minutes before her statement she was a complete stranger. She still is. But her remark sounded all too familiar to me.