Prepared Childbirth with Lynn Battaglia at Mary Birch Hostpital for Women
One of the great things about being pregnant is that there are so many new things to learn.  Of course, this can also be quite scary.  The good news is that there are many excellent classes one can take that cover the myriad aspects of becoming and being a parent.  We plan to deliver at the Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women because they have an excellent delivery unit and NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit) should we need it. 

We have taken all of the Sharp classes we could fit into our schedules, and they were all great.  One of them really stands out, both for its excellent information as well as the fantastic instructor, and that is Prepared Childbirth with Lynn Battaglia. Click on Lynn's picture to the right to hear her most important piece of childbearing advice.

Most Excellent instructor
If you are interested in taking any of Sharp's classes, you can contact them on the web at or by phoning 1-800-82-SHARP.  Please note that the authors of this site have no affiliation with Sharp other than as happy students.
Textbook: Prepared Childbirth, The Family WayIn addition to many other goodies such as free parenting magazines and coupons for diapers, parents receive a 106-page textbook and workbook that contains much of the information presented in the class.  The best part for us was the checklist of things to include in a goody bag for labor and in a suitcase for the recovery. 

Lynn Demonstrates NursingMost of the class consists of lecture and demonstrations.  Lynn's experience as an L'n'D (Labor and Delivery) nurse gives her a huge store of real-life stories to share.  All of us were overflowing with questions, and she deftly fielded all of them.  One question for her... how is it possible to nurse with your breast sitting in your lap?

Lynn's Cool NailsLynn also has a great sense of humor and impeccable nails.

The other inestimable benefit of taking a class like this is getting to meet other soon-to-be parents and knowing that we aren't facing this new adventure alone.  The remainder of this page has pictures of some of the fun people we got to know in our class.
Happy to be doing this
I'm reading it for the articles, of course!
Free Stuff!
It's important to snack often while pregnant
It's a test you can't really cram for!Some people don't like cameras
Deep thoughts...
Deep Thoughts...
Done Thinking!
All Done!
That's how babies get out!!?!
Oh My Golly, that's gotta hurt!
Don't forget the blanket and pillows
Breathe in, Breathe out

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