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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 LETHBRIDOE HERALD Wednesday, December 4, 1974 One father's reaction: Sharing child's birth meaningful experience Herald Family By DAVID BLY Herald Staff Writer There are better ways for the father to wait for the birth of a baby then the traditional nervous pacing of a hospital waiting room. One of these is to be in the delivery room where the action is. My first experience as a husband in the delivery room came with our first child born in the U.S. We had planned to ask the doctor if this was permissible, but he was one step ahead of us. "You two are in this he said brusquely. "All the way. I'll see you both in the hospital." The experience was beneficial for both of us. For my wife, it meant hav- ing someone nearby for conversation and sympathy. As labor progressed, there was less opportunity for the former, and increasing opportunity for the latter. For me, it was interesting and enlightening. I felt more a participant and less a bystander. I gained a better understanding of a woman's post natal problems, both physical and mental. And I felt an immediate bond with our child as she emerged into the world. When the second child was imminent, we were happy to find out the Magrath hospital allowed fathers in the case room. Because of my first experience observing childbirth, I was more sym- pathetic with my wife and, I believe, more helpful during the second delivery. I certainly felt more at ease. With our third pregnancy, my presence in the case room was a foregone conclusion as far as we were concerned Then, in the final month, twins were diagnosed. We wondered if this double development would com- plicate things, but the doctors assured us that the twins seemed to be healthy enough to withstand the shock of seeing me among doctors, nurses, clamps and other paraphernalia that decorate a delivery room. I was told I would be evicted if anything went wrong. The day after we had agreed on names, my wife phoned me at work to report the preliminary twinges had begun. After six hours of labor, Janet was moved into the case room and I was ordered to suit up. I was given the same type of sterile garments doctors wear. It wasn't too difficult to differentiate doctor from father the doctors didn't have camera's draped around their necks. It seemed a little weird to be standing around the case room making desultory conversation with Dr. Steele Brewerton, but until the babies were ready to come, he said, there really wasn't much to do. "Just stack yourself in the corner if you feel like said Dr. Mark Dahl, who was sitting in as anaesthetist. "We've had one or two fathers run out in the be later explained. "And we've had a couple quietly faint into a corner." I had no worries of queasiness, but I was concerned for Janet. A husband who witnesses first hand the pain his wife has to go through in childbirth will be less likely to make jokes about labor pains. It's too bad (and I've heard others besides my wife say this) that men can't feel some of that pain. The moment of birth was an anxious one for me. A newborn child with its blue complexion seems dead, but the shock of the air and the sharp slap from Dr. Brewerton soon had my newest son howling his displeasure. It's amusing to see how carefully and cautiously most new parents handle their babies it contrasts with the almost rough handling the child gets from the doctor. But I did note the care taken to prevent the baby's back from bending too far and the head from flopping around. Number two son had manners enough to wait 10 minutes until his womb mate was carefully stored in the isolette before he came on stage. The second child made his debut the hard way. Apparently he'd gotten turn- ed around: his head and one foot were emerging together. Dr. Brewerton had to turn him around so he could be pulled out backwards. I gathered that timing was crucial because of the hasty scurrying about for the proper forceps that enabled the doctor to pull the head out safely. I had the gall to name the twins as they emerged, but after Janet saw them, she decided that I was mixed up, so Eric became Jared and vice versa. My daughter and I are still trying to get used to the switch. Many doctors believe it's a good idea for husbands to share the experience of childbirth. "Husbands need to know what it's all Dr. Dahl said. He said he doesn't try to convince a reluctant father to observe the birth, but couples expressing a desire for this arrange- ment are encouraged. TWO-MINUTE OLD JARED BLY IS CHECKED BY DOCTOR JEN'S UNIFORM CENTER We are having our 2 week Pre-Christmas Sale DEC. 2nd -DEC. 15th All smocks, pant-suits uniforms 10% Beautiful styles colors in OFF Professional Fashions. JEN'S UNIFORM CENTER 504-3rd Ave. South Phone 328-3631 Community calendar The Chinook Pensioners and Senior Citizens will hold the annual Christmas social Dec. 18 in the civic centre. Supper begins at 6 p.m. A program and carol sing will follow un- til the Christmas lights tour begins. Bingo, refreshments and Santa will bring the even- ing to a close. Transportation available Members reminded the deadline for tickets is Dec. 15. For further information, phone 327-3264. The YWCA will hold a Christmas bazaar from The most ti wanted FURS from Canadian Furriers Celebrate the season with the fine fur you've been waiting for. Choose your favorite style from our magnificent collection of Fox Mink Nutria Muskrat Beaver Raccoon Oppossum and so many, many more. PRICED FROM S475-S3750 A beautiful Mlectlon of Fur Hats In Minktails, Mink, Fox, Muskrat and Raccoon Priced from Shop Thursday and Friday Remember: If It's Great Fashion, till 9 p.m. It's At CANADIAN FURRIERS 4TH AVE. S. PARAMOUNT THEATRE BLDG. a.m. to p.m. Saturday in Centre Village Mall. Hand made items will include stocking staffers, Christmas novelties and house hold items. Proceeds will go towards YW activities. Hadassah is holding a white elephant sale from 1 to 9 p.m. Dec 12 at Beth Israel Synagogue. Featured will be a wide variety of merchandise, including jewellery, toys, pic- tures, skates, china, and books. The Chinook Pensioners and Senior Citizens Ladies Aux- iliary will meet at 2 p.m. Fri- day in the civic centre. Bingo will follow the business meeting and lunch will be served. Members and friends welcome. First United UCW executive meeting will be held at p.m. Thursday. Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: Our young teenagers read your column and I am so pleased they do. You tell them the same things their parents do, but somehow it sounds "different" from Ann Landers. They listen to you. As a token of thanks I send a little bit of wisdom I ran across recently in a small local publication. It was written by a friend. I hope you will print it. Here it is: Positively Negative We drank for happiness and became unhappy. We drank for joy and became miserable. We drank for sociability and became argumentative. We drank for sophistica- LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd Ave. North REGULAR WED. NIOHT BINQO 8 P.M. 25 GAMES DOUBLE MONEY CARDS MANY EXTRAS This Week's Jackpot in 55 Numbers 5 CARDS CARDS PAY DOUBLE DOOR PRIZE Wo one under 16 years allowed to play' AFTERNOON BINGO MOOSE 1234 3rd Aye. North S I Money DOUkLBD Weekly Free Sponsored by The Moose Lodge No Children Under 16 Allowed to Everybody Welcome A Gift of Love from The Primrose Shop Ltd. Whatever you select for that special "Lady" on your Christmas list will reflect your good taste and in- dividuality. You can make this Christmas more ex- citing than last, just by giving a luxurious gift from "THE PRIMROSE SHOP." IN HOW ABOUT A GIFT CERTIFICATE! ing'6 's Primrose Shop ._. 613 4th Ave. 8. Phone 327-2244 Open Thursday and Friday till 9 p.m. CHAR8EX CHAROI tion and became obnoxious. We drank for friendship and made enemies. We drank for sleep and awakened without rest. We drank for strength and felt weak. We drank "medicinally" and acquired health problems. We drank for relaxation and got the shakes. We drank for bravery and became afraid. We drank for confidence and became doubtful. We drank to make conversation easier and slurred our speech. We drank to feel heavenly and ended up feeling like hell. We drank to forget and were forever haunted. We drank for freedom and became slaves. We drank to erase problems and saw them mul- tiply. We drank to cope with life and invited death. Reader Dear Reader: Your friend sounds like a man who knows what he's talking about. Dear Ann Landers: I'd like to comment on your ad- vice to the young bride who took her teenage sister in to live with her when their parents were killed. It seems the teenager was un- controllable, gave her older sister ulcers and was ruining her marriage. Your suggestion that "perhaps a foster home would be the best place for Dee" was, in my opinion, not very good. Before resorting to foster placement, why didn't you recommend seeking out other blood relatives cousins, aunts, grandparents, even Dee's stepfather, despite her sister's allegation that "he doesn't want her." In our family destructive culture, it seems to me that your powerful influence ought to be used to strengthen oiood related family ties. Dr. R. S. M. Department of Preventive Medicine, Univer- sity of Illinois Dear Dr. M.: Those "blood relatives" you refer to were certainly aware of the death of the teenager's parents. If they were interested in mak- ing a home for the girl they would have made their wishes known. "Blood related fami- ly ties" are often more bloody than related. I've received many letters from children reared in foster homes, expressing tremen- dous affection and deep appreciation for their foster parents. I believe my advice was correct, but I thank you for another point of view. THE BETTER HALF By Barnes "Whatever happened to that old romantic idea of being snowed in for the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday December 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Living Color PORTRAIT only "Plus Handling Babies children adults groups 1 Special of each person singly only plus handling Groups per person, plus one handling. Select from finished pictures in radiant black and white and living color. Bonus quality "Guaranteed Satisfaction." one Special per child. Fast delivery courteous service. Senior Citizens Invited Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to p.m. Thuraday and Friday 10 a.m. to p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to p.m. County Fair Zellert Shooting Centre on Mayor Megreth Open Prily to p.m. Thwwtay FrkUy to p.m. Telephone 321-I171 ;