Don’t be like Ricky Bobby…
I love my husband, but let’s be honest for a moment… he had NO IDEA how to help me when I was in labor with our first baby. (Find out more about my first birth experience by clicking here)
He didn’t know what to do with his hands!
He didn’t know if he should touch me.
He didn’t know where to touch me.
When he did touch me, it was more annoying than comforting.
By the next baby he did a little better, by the 4th kiddo he was a pro!
BUT, I wonder, if we had taken a comprehensive birth class how different things could have been.
Don't get me wrong, we did take a childbirth class, but the only thing we took away from it was how silly the vagina puppet was and how awkward the instructor sounded when she had us practicing stroking massage, all while saying “DOOOOOWWWWWWNNNNN.” (Nothing against the instructor - she was sweet)
***Disclosure – I totally own a vagina puppet!!! And it is hilariously funny to pull out in class and see the dads reactions. But the real truth, I rarely use it besides for getting a reaction out or people and telling my personal vagina puppet story - perfect ice breaker!
Trust me I get the whole “down” thing now, but we were a giggling mess then, and implementing it took more than just doing it…
What I mean when I say that is… Touch doesn’t feel good if it isn’t accompanied by relaxation, by comforting words, by sympathy, or empathy.
Touch, for a man, can be hard to do when he see’s his partner in pain. He doesn’t want to cause more pain.
And thus…. He doesn’t know what to do with his hands.
Birth Boot Camp teaches dads how to use their hands. How to help a mom feel amazing, comforted, and physically supported during labor! We teach dads how to be involved and active in the birth process. Throughout Birth Boot Camp classes couples will practice comfort measures on one another, they will practice positions that help with moms comfort. By the end of this 10 week class series, DAD WILL KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO WITH HIS HANDS AND HE WON'T BE AFRAID TO USE THEM!
Come to Birth Boot Camp class… learn what to do with your hands!
*** This picture was from one of my Birth Boot Camp class series. The dad was watching a birth video and the whole time he just kept saying Will Ferrell’s famous quote as the character Ricky Bobby “I don’t know what to do with my hands!”
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I am a birth doula, childbirth educator, wife to an amazing man, and mother to four beautiful girls. I love serving families as they bring new life into the world!
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