When I was early on in my childbirth education career, I was so thrilled and so involved with all of the new terminology and I quickly adapted to the new language. One thing that I completely forgot to do consistently was to explain the lingo. So in my very first class after certification, I had been reminded by my mentor, to be very cognizant of how I used lingo in teaching.
After the first class, I felt I'd done a pretty good job of explaining everything that I was saying. So when a dad approached me with a question, I wasn't thinking terminology. But he looked at me and he said, "Can you please explain what do bloody shoes have to do with labor?" I was quite perplexed and I asked him to tell me more. To which he replied, "You said that just because my wife had bloody shoes didn't mean we should run to the hospital, that labor might still be days away. That's when I realized he heard me say bloody shoes, not bloody show. Big difference.
What funny things have your heard or thought in childbirth class?
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