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A 41-year-old member asked:

why won't my husband participate in birthing classes?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Discuss it: Dad's often get left out of the pregnancy process. Pregnancy is an abstract experience for men where as it is very concrete for women. Discuss his reasons for not wanting to participate but be careful not to judge or be critical. Have an open discussion. Some people find classes fun and education. Others prefer a hands off experience b/c classes create anxiety. Ask him his reasons.
Dr. Chevies Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Well: If you get an epidural, the birthing classes may not be necessary. The reasons he doesn't want to go can be endless but don't put too much pressure or read too much into it (ie "he wouldn't even go to birthing classes"); it's gonna add unnecessary stress at a time when relationship stress goes up incredibly. If deeper problems seek therapy for yourself or both of you; clearing out stressors good.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are some alternative birth methods?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Wide Variety: There are options for both labor and delivery. Keeping safety of mother and baby in mind and dependent on pain management, labor has many positions and levels of activity. Walking, sitting, resting are all options as are water baths. Delivery as well can vary from recumbent to hands and knees, squatting, or water births, all depending on pt., caregiver and location. Early discussion is rec.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What supplies will I need to have in the house for my post-birth recovery?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
A good friend: Lots of help for you and the baby is best. Peripads, a squeeze bottle for washing your bottom if you have stitches. I rec a thermometer if you need to check your temp. Food pre- prepared is very helpful.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Are birth plans necessary?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No: Most women do not create a birth plan. Millions of women have given birth successfully since the beginning of humanity without having a birth plan. For some creating a birth plan provides comfort and sense of control over what can be a scary time. Do not feel pressured to create one if you do not want to.
A 26-year-old member asked:

When will I be allowed to start eating after birth?

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Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Depends on type: If you have a vaginal delivery, you may start eating as soon as the placenta has delivered. This is a precaution in case the placenta will not deliver and you need a procedure. If you have a cesarean section, you may be allowed to have ice chips, but you will probably not be able to eat for 8 or 12 hours. Some physicians like to wait until you pass gas to show that air is going through.
Dr. Susan Mueller
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
I feed my c sections immediately without any problems, many doctors have different practice patterns, and various hospitals may have different policies, but these are great questions to bring up at your visits!
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What can I expect at the birth?

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Dr. Ian Taras
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
Labor pamphlet: A great over view pamphlet has a section on labor in this pamphlet on you and your baby: prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum care- http://www.Acog.Org/publications/patient_education/ab005.Cfm.

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