Quote from porterwoman
Here's my little voice in the wind, BETSRN, meant to be a drop in the bucket of encouragement...FWIW...my CB class changed my life. Really. But, of course, I was already of a low-to-nonintervention mindset, like most ppl who take CB classes.
I'm so sorry you feel like teaching CB classes is a waste of time. Bummer.
Personally, I am of a low to non-intervention mindset. I also had easy births. I have a difficult time perceiving long hours of pain or pushing more than a few times. I work in a low intervention mindset hospital. I feel lucky. However, there are still lots of unnecessary interventions peformed.
I do NOT feel that most people who take CBE classes are of the low/non intervention mindset. They take classes because they think they SHOULD take classes: that being something that "everyone does." First time parents are SUPPOSED to "take classes." Now we have developed the weekend classes, just to accomodate those who do not have the time for the full series.
I think there are lots and lots of really motivated people out there who get a lot out of classes. But, sadly, I think most are there just to mark time. I have come to feel that people do NOT want any pain. They don't want to work at it at all.
I see both sides, being a L&D nurse as well as a CBE. Much of what we do falls on deaf ears, either because the people don't really want to "go natural" or their docs scare the heck out of them and they agree to inductions, interventions and the like.
Until people learn to advocate for themselves, that's the way it will be.