Baby showers provide new parents with a fun way of acquiring all the accessories, clothing, and supplies they will need to welcome their new baby into the family. Most popular with first-time-mothers, baby showers have historically been an all-female event. However, they have become increasingly more gender neutral throughout the years. The opening of this special occasions to male family and friends is only one of the current events surrounding baby showers.
Though only around a quarter of American women take childbirth classes prior to giving birth, those who do are more likely to feel satisfied and empowered by their experience. Childbirth classes help to prepare both mom and dad for delivery. They can be used to squelch any underlying fears and give both parents a clear idea of what to expect so that they can face the big day with confidence.
Finding the right childbirth class can be a bit difficult. In most major metropolitan areas there may be many different childbirth education programs, each with its own focus. So how do you know which one is right for you?
After patiently waiting to see your midwife or physician, you lie across the table, anxious to see your sweet little baby’s tiny, pounding heart and hear the gentle, rhythmic beat through the Doppler. Then comes the surprise of your life. Not one heartbeat, but two! Chances are that after hearing the big news, you will go through a lot of emotions and concerns, but in the end, you will find only joy in the fact that you will be bringing not one, but two beautiful babies into the world. [Read more...]