Birth class is done!

by Milton on Wed, Apr 14th, 2010

in Week 36

Last night was the last night of our “Home and Birth Center Child Education Series” with the mother of all doulas in this area, Penny Simkin.  I remember when I was a kid I was convinced that all parents needed to take a class in order to become parents and I asked my parents what classes they had taken and they (shockingly!) told me that parents didn’t  need to take a class.  I did end up finding this purple book about parenting on the bookshelf though, and I greedily (and a little guiltily) looked through it for any clues on their parenting strategies.  I don’t remember much about it, other than that it was a purple book.  And the animal book was red and the plant book was green.  It was a great book series and I’m sure many of its images and words are ingrained in my brain.  I saw it as a source of all true knowledge.  That is, until the World Book Encyclopedia came around a few years later and my obsession moved over to those.

Anyway, the birth class we took, along with Penny’s two awesome books “Parenting, Childbirth, and the Newborn” and “The Birth Partner” sort of live up to my expectation that parents should study to become the best possible parents that they can be.  The classes were highly informative while also being very enjoyable, and we ended up making some friends as well.  I gotta say that there’s a huge benefit to being around people who are having babies around the same time as us.  There’s so much to relate about, ideas to toss around… and as much as I like to say that I can learn anything worth learning from a book, I don’t think anything could’ve replaced the experience of this birth class in preparing us to become somewhat competent for the first few days, weeks, and months of little Axelrod’s life.

While I’ll probably see some of the people in the class between now and then, we’re also going to be having a reunion in a couple months where we all get to meet each others’ babies.  It’s going to be surreal and awesome.  This is all such a crazy and life-changing experience.  It’s all sort of tripping me out today.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 alithea Fri, Apr 16th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

hi! i sometimes read this blog because i think babies and parenting is SO COOL.

i wanted to chime in and say that my parents took a birthing class offered at evergreen state college before i was born, and a lot of the kids stayed friends through their adolescence. in fact, one of the other beebs became my life long best friend. :)


2 Esther Fri, Apr 16th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I love this! I’m so excited to make new friends through our new family member. It’s a whole new world of sharing bottles of wine before 8pm…


3 Jackie Mon, Apr 19th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

My girls met their BFF Sammy when they were three months old in a new moms group, and they’ve trick-or-treated together every Halloween of their lives! Also, his mom is one of my best friends–it’s an incredible bonding experience to have new babies together.


4 alithea Thu, Apr 22nd, 2010 at 9:28 pm

it really is!! i know my mom is still close with some of the ladies from the group, and i talk to a few of the beebs on the reg too.

here are two photos of my best friend from the group: age 5. age 22.


5 Kristy Sat, Apr 24th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I joined a pregnancy group online when I was pregnant with Ad and there’s a good 20 of us that are still friends today, 8 years later. There are a couple that are local that I see more often, but we also have a yearly trip to get everyone together across the country, this August we’re having a girl’s weekend in Chicago! :) Some of the best friends I could have asked for, especially as a first time mom – I always had people to vent to or ask questions to because they were all going through the same thing as me.


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