One of my most treasured accomplishments has been to teach expectant couples to relax, breathe and appreciate the miracle of birth. I started offering Lamaze classes when I lived in Chicago. My second child was still in an infant seat beside me as I sat on the floor talking about one of my favorite subjects. I am proud to say that I taught over 2000 couples (and some singles) in my years as an instructor. I no longer teach classes now because, I believe, that childbearing women prefer to get an epidural which erases almost all of the sensation of contractions. A good thing from one point of view; a step backwards when one is in tune with her body and also wishes to share birth with her partner (spouse). I was a labor and delivery nurse for over 20 years. Since epidurals became very popular, my experience was to watch the non-laboring half of the couple be more absorbed in reading, watching TV or sleeping in a fairly comfortable chair rather than being an active participant in the birthing process.
My three children were born in 3 different ways. My daughter was brought into this world with forceps, pulled from a mom who was really drugged up. My first son's birth is a proud memory for me. Not wanting to be "delivered" of my baby, I wanted to know what was going on and push him out myself. I found classes that were an hour away from home since Lamaze wasn't the "in" thing to do back then. Because of what I learned, his birth was a controlled, involved and precious time in my life. My second son was born via Caesarian under an epidural because of a complication. Not wanting to be just the body which was being operated on, I chose to watch the birth in a mirror with my husband beside me. (Remember, I was an obstetric nurse and a Lamaze teacher, so watching wasn't "gross".)
Anyhow, that's the story behind my moniker which is the way I am known on ebay, etsy and loads of other not as interesting sites! If anyone reading this is one of my former students in Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg or Framingham, please get in touch with me. I remember you!
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