Back in my public school days I would remember how we as kids felt about Sex Ed when we were learning about contraceptives. It was awkward, uncomfortable and embarrassing, but all the kids would hide their discomfort by playing it cool and laughing things off. Most of us would just joke around and not pay too much attention.
Well according to stats can, in 2005 from ages 15-19 the rate of pregnancy was 29.2 per 1000 women.
That’s actually quite high, and I suppose kids should’ve paid more attention. Or maybe they should’ve been provide with a stronger deterent. I mean one-third is nothing to laugh at.
I think I might have a solution to drastically reduce that number.
How about we…
TAKE THEM TO A FLIPPING PRENATAL CLASS!!!
Forget the science centre or the zoo, they should load up the kids tricking them into thinking they going on a field trip and just drop them off at the hospital for a prenatal class. Better yet, just let them roam the maternity ward and watch a live birth.
The things you see at these classes you cannot unsee.
Now I understand as a father I will see all the goods when my wife eventually delivers but man, the instructional videos and information they provide about vacuums, forceps, vaginal slicing procedures go beyond one’s capacity.
I’m all for knowledge is power, but truthfully, ignorance is a bliss.
To be fair, we did pick up on useful tips, such as when do we know we should go to the hospital (five minute interval contractions that are one minute long), or which areas f the body to massage whe she’s in labour. But that’s what Google is for. And at least Google gives the option of only showing safe-search on images.
At one point the instructor was showing us the hook that punctures the bag of water. She even joked, “for you ladies that crochet, it is actually quite similar to the hook that the doctor would use.”
Great. Just great.
Not only did this class ruin conceiving, it’s ruined crocheting. I will never look at a crochet hook the same way! It’s purpose is no longer to make awesome knitted dolls, it’s now used to poke into my wife’s you-know-what to open the flood gates of Ewww.
And to my wife’s credit she tried her best to tough through the class. I mean it must suck to know in advance what the possible scenarios are. Like I said, not knowing might be better.
It’s almost like sitting down at a restaurant only to be told by the waiter that you’ll get explosive D after this meal, and you don’t have the option of not eating the food.
At least if you don’t know you’ll get food poisoning, you’ll unknowingly enjoy your meal, only to find out later on.
Suffice to say, my advice would to be to steer clear of the prenatal classes, especially if your wife is already stressed about the process. But we still have two more to go. So we’ll see what terror next week brings.
In any case, if there was a saving grace to this class, it would really be the fact that we were able to tour the maternity ward and hear the sounds of babies. To think that in roughly three months we’ll be in that environment with our own baby is quite…special.
Maybe it was a good thing we got the sex ed we got, cause at the end of the day, despite all the scary details about the birthing process, it should be worth it.