Tuesday, June 06, 2006

My name is _____ and I am a Parent to Be

With just under three months to go, the finishing line is in sight. Mrs Co.il will be utilizing the services of a doula for the birth. At first I had no idea what a doula was and didn’t even think it was an English word but a Hebrew one.

A doula is a woman who assists another woman during labor and provides support to her, the infant, and the family after childbirth.

We got together with eight other couples who are also giving birth around the same time and using the same doula. Of the nine couples, seven ladies covered there hair and eight men were wearing kippot so it is quite a frum crowd. All the ladies were Anglos while two men were Israelis. The average age of the couples would have been mid-20s. Only two and a half couples know the sex of their baby and yes, we are one of them.

There was a nervous tension around the room especially at the beginning. It felt like a something-anonymous meeting; getting together with complete strangers but for a common element.

We met for 2.5 hours and she gave us basic introductions into the world of giving birth. What to expect and what to do. A lot of what she said I would never have thought of so it was most definitely a worthwhile exercise and we will be meeting up again a bunch of times over the next few months.

One of the men was Belgian and god bless, you have to love the Belgians. They are indeed a unique group. With a brother in law from Antwerp I know.
Two things about him (The guy in our group, not my b-i-l): As per usual, his wife was sporting quite the boulder on her finger. Second of all when everyone was saying how old they were, he said 17. This apparently is Belgian humour.

Going to be an interesting few sessions.


Blogger ifyouwillit said...

Three months is going to fly by, having such a diverse group of people in the same boat is sure going to provide ammusing anecdotes and support.

10:35 AM  
Blogger kasamba said...

Ugh, don't waste your time there- this is what you need to know;

Breathe- he he he and now PUSH!!!!

11:23 AM  
Blogger kishmech said...

lol...after how long kasamba? you'r e the pro!

12:35 PM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

If - fly by in a boat? Love the mixed metaphors ;)

Kasamba - It's not like growing eggplants you know!

Kishmech - welcome and hello :)

9:33 AM  

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