I picked up Blush magazine today and was excited to see that Parkridge East Hospital is having a “Labor Day” Soiree. I thought, “Wow, this would be a great opportunity to get the word out to the public about Chattanooga Hypnobabies and ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network).” I sent an e-mail to my childbirth related friends that included a Bradley instructor, an Independent Childbirth instructor, two doulas, and the local leaders of ICAN letting them know that I had called the phone number on the advertisement. The receptionist took down my information and would get back to me.
My friend Amy, decided to call again and inquire. She was told that the spots for vendors fill up 3-4 months in advance. Amy asked to be put on the wait list for next year and was informed that the vendors from this session get first shot at spots. That is great for those vendors, but I’m more concerned for the mom’s going to this event. You would think that it would be directed at how to actually get your baby out, but from the advertisements from previous years, it appears that the primary reasons for going are about photographing your newborn, touring the facility and how to decorate the nursery on a budget. The first two have validity in my mind, but decorating the nursery should honestly be a bit further down on the list of priorities. I’m curious who they have as their pregnancy & newborn “experts.” Sigh.
I guess my birthy friends and I need to find a way to host a natural childbirth soiree that involves the La Leche League, ICAN, local doulas, massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturist, yoga and pilates instructors, childbirth instructors, supportive OB’s, midwives and nurses, lactation consultants, and then….product people like newborn photographers, and then after that….commercialized crap that we don’t really need to have a baby, i.e. newborn registries.