Birthing Class

Joel Gratcyk (Daddy's Grounded)

Joel Gratcyk is a social media strategist, father, husband, perpetual student and caffeine junkie. He misses sleeping, but loves being a parent more.

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2 Responses

  1. Peter says:

    I remember the birds and the bees talk my dad had with me. It was uncomfortable, read from a faith based book on the subject, completely uninformative, and given waaaay past the time that I had simply looked up info myself. Oh the memories…

    As to being in the delivery room, I also heard the “stay by her head” advise, but did not take it, and it was not as bad as I was told it would be. Yes, you will see stretching, bleeding, possibly bodily fluids, and possibly more bleeding. Not recommended for the squeamish or easily sickened.

    But it was not the horror story that I was told it would be. My wife did not rotate her head 360 degrees a la The Exorcist, nor did I leave the delivery room muttering “her vagina is ruined, its ruined” over and over.

    Do whatever you are comfortable with, but I think that once the train gets rolling, you will find that it is not as frightening as our minds make it out to be, and you will pick spot that both you and your wife are good with. My wife wanted me close enough to grab, but not so close that I was breathing on her. So I was at the middle of the bed when the action started. From there you can see everything that is going on, and your wife can sink her fingernails in the fleshy part of your hand.

    Best of luck!

  1. March 31, 2014

    […] I wanted vs what was going to happen was a little night and day. Before taking the birthing class I was hoping to just hand out cigars and stay in the waiting room like Joey in Friends. That turned into “I’ll stay up by the head” and then into what really happened. […]