It’s been a baby-crazed weekend around here. Cait went to a shower for a co-worker yesterday, and we went together to the shower for some lesbian friends today, leaving early so we could go to our first childbirth class. Since we’d been at the shower we were running late, but we still had to stop for a quick bite to eat as I’d not found enough at the party to keep me together for a 2 1/2 hour class.
Despite my manic driving, we were still late to the class. As we neared the center, I said to Cait, “Now we won’t just be the lesbians in the class, we’ll be the LATE lesbians who come in with McDonald’s!”* Just as Cait was beginning to panic – having forgotten until I reminded her of the awkwardness of being queer in a typically straight institution – we pulled into the parking lot (the wrong way, unfortunately) and squeezed into the only remaining space, parking in another car. Which had a rainbow flag sticker on it! Could it be….?
Indeed, there are four couples in our class, and two are lesbian! It’s a Hypn0birthing class — taught in a yoga ashram — and if I’d stopped to think about it, I might not have been so apprehensive, as this is not the most mainstream of childbirth classes to begin with.
We will (or I should say, I will) be the challenging couple in the class, anyway, I think. I’m already struggling with skepticism. My earthy-crunchy side and my scientific side are deeply enmeshed in a war over the whole approach. I *want* to believe in Hypn0birthing and I want it to work for us. I totally believe in natural childbirth . But some of the claims of Hypn0birthing seem a bit over the top to me. It’s already been evident in class – I’ve been the one to ask all the “But how come” and “Well why” questions, whereas the others, who have not said much at all, have mostly been gung-ho with their comments and questions. I’m going to give it a try, though, and hope I can work through my hesitation. It really does sound awesome!
UPDATE: Harpo definitely likes it! As his/her moms were giggling and snorting their way through the “affirmation”** CD last night, s/he was kicking up QUITE a storm. Harpo hasn’t been that active in over a week! Maybe we’ll learn something from the kid….
*Hey, we were in a hurry, and it was the only thing on the way. And I THOUGHT it had a drive through. But no. What do I know from McDonald’s?!
**I hate that word.