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November 9th, 2010, 08:04 AM
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Before the birth of your first child, how did you learn the particulars of giving birth? Did you know about the phases of labor, pain management, tearing/episiotomies, delivering the placenta, etc., or did you go into labor only knowing the basics (i.e. you have contractions, baby is born, you go home)?

Did someone teach you? Was it a class teacher (i.e. Bradley or other birth class) or a friend or your mom? Tell us about your childbirth education!
Hi, I'm Sara. I used to post here a lot when I was having the kids, but life got busy and it's been years since I was around. Now I'm back, and happy to be here.

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November 11th, 2010, 05:25 PM
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I read books and went online, thats how I learn about everything.

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November 12th, 2010, 02:56 PM
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I attended a childbirth class that taught me all about the stages and all that good stuff.

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November 12th, 2010, 06:45 PM
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I am a nurse, and have been in the stages of labor. As for preparing for the experience, i read ina may gaskin's books and did the hypnobabies home study.

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November 12th, 2010, 11:04 PM
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Most helpful preparation for me:

1) Being present for several births before I gave birth.

2) My independent study/research (reading, internet).

3) Talking to BTDT moms IRL.

4) The classes I attended due to the incessant nagging to do so.

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November 14th, 2010, 11:07 PM
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With my first baby we did a really basic child birth class (about 8 sessions) that touched on a lot of subjects. With my other births which were way different I research/read a lot.
Bev - Mommy of Madilyn (8), Owen (6), and Isobel (2)

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November 14th, 2010, 11:36 PM
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Bradley was the class that we took..and loved!

I've been interested in ncb since ... as long as I can remember! I used to play "midwife" with my barbies!

i also read obsessively...books, articles, journals, etc

Maverick Jude
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5:20PM 8lb3oz 20.5"
Hospital water birth
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December 28th, 2010, 07:20 PM
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I'm 8 weeks along and don't know a darn thing about labor, that's why I'm here. I've read a few books and a bunch of stuff on the Internet, but honestly it's a really foreign concept to me.
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January 19th, 2011, 05:18 AM
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With my first baby I had absolutely no idea about anything, even go through labor with her. No one told me that you could tear, that they might need to cut you, that there was such a thing as a c-section, and my favorite that they take the needle out of your back when you get an epidural so it is safe to lay on your back after getting it, oh and not to forget that there is the whole placenta thing that you have to push out too.

I did everything the doctor and nurses told me to do while in labor. I didn't question any of it, but I had a very easy very quick first birth with no complications whatsoever. I got lucky even being so uninformed.

Now I know so much about childbirth that I feel that I am confident enough to tell my doctor what I don't agree with during labor if something is not going the way I expect it to.

Scarlett Diane

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