Let me be upfront with you.
I was very skeptical about attending my first parenting class. It’s not that I didn’t think the medical professionals leading the class didn’t have a clue. No, they know stuff. Much, much more than me (I’m still on chapter one of the baby book). I just knew they would have a bias.
Towards having a drug-free/no-medical-intervention birth (but in hospital).
I should also say that I am a lover of medical science. I am a lover of medical advancement. I have never been a suffer-in-pain-when-there’s-a-drug-for-that person. Which means, I am a lover of pain relief during birth.
I honestly don’t care what anyone decides in that moment. I have friends who are advocates (and have had) drug free births. I have friends and family who have opted to have medical intervention.
To me, whatever gets you through, that's the right choice for you.
But back to my parenting class...
The one time I don't think you're allowed to have a bias is when you are a medical professional giving advice. Sure, personally, over a glass of wine at a cocktail party, shout out your opinion. But when you are acting on behalf of medical science, I've just always preferred the facts. Free from bias.
I will say that the midwife who instructed my parenting class was pretty unbiased and did a fairly good job. But the way the class was structured and the videos that were picked (which could have been the hospital's choice, not the midwife's), there was definitely a subliminal message: "Drugs are bad".
Check out this woman who thinks the gas is brilliant. Post continues after the video.
First, there was a heavy lean on time given to each topic. They day was five-hours long. Four were dedicated to detailing what happens during birth. And about 40 minutes to an hour about what pain relief options are available.