We wanted the option to have me in the birthing room, Tina was interested in the MidWife route (our insurance said NO) and we figured, this being our first one, that a team effort was a good approach. We believed the hype for that matter, and found out that some was hype, like the LaBoye bath ritual (????) and some was handy info. (Her mother offered, but the one person my wife did not want in the delivery room was her mother. Her mother is a loving woman, but a bit of a frenetic, cackling, and clucking hen.) The LaMaze instructor was a great lady, and we both learned a lot, did a lot of conditioning, stretching exercises, etcetera. I was glad to learn some of the ins and outs of the ObGyn Mafia along the way. Like I said, first time, I was very grateful for the presentation and the education. I still felt a fifth wheel during the event.
Three years later, for baby number 2, my son, our having participated before was "not good enough" for me, in the same hospital, to ride shotgun on the labor. Labor took place during the after shocks of a 5+ Richter scale tremor (it shook our house pretty hard at 5:30 in the morning) that from a 7.4+ quake up in Palm Desert. Talk about shaking the baby loose!
The good news was that, all other stuff aside, baby came out on my Birthday after a rather rough labor finished off by Caesarean Chainsaw. So, it is always his birthday, never mine (as I see it) so I cannot have aged, right? I am still 33, right? Right??
In any case, he is the birthday present I ever got! I keep telling The Missus not to get me birthday presents anymore, she already gave the best present ever: a healthy son.