What they DON’T teach you at Lamaze Class

Last week we had our Lamaze class reunion – yep three months later you all come back with you babies – it really is pretty cool to see all the new babies an hear all the labor stories.

However Claudio and his dad-in-crime Mike were chatting loudly in the hall and were shushed by another classes teacher because they were going to scare the parents-to-be with their horror stories. Lol —- listen I WISH I had attended a reunion BEFORE giving birth. Our stories were real, raw and honest – nothing like those 1980s videos they show where the lady didn’t need an epidural but sure needed a good Brazilian wax!

Don’t know what to expect in labor? Just sit in on our reunion and you’ll go in like a pro! Know what to ask for, what you’ll get away with with the nurses and of course, yes ladies – the dreaded truth – all first time moms will have some tearing. Sorry to break it to you.

Best line of the evening? ” My flower now has more petals.”

So anyways – it was good to see everyone – and even though there were some scary moments – we all agreed it was worth it to have these beautiful loving babies in our arms.

So here are the before an after shots – pretty cool huh?

And yes, If you’re contemplating Lamaze class – it’s worth every dollar. You learn a few new tips, get to prepare with your baby daddy, and make new friends along the way! Jess and I still hang out once a week! (If you want the name of our teacher here in NYC – email me and I’ll shoot you her information!)

But if you really want your money’s worth – find out when the prior classes reunion is – and crash that party.

young love…..

By | 2017-11-18T12:47:35+00:00 October 23rd, 2012|Motherhood, pregnancy|4 Comments

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Stephanie Barnhart is an award-winning blogger, columnist, and outdoor enthusiast writer featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and other media outlets. She is also the NYC Editor for MommyNearest.com.


  1. Celeste Sullivan October 26, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Hey Steph! Love your blog. I’ve been reading it for awhile now and keep meaning to tell you how funny it is. And honest. My husband and I took a child birthing class, but they conveniently left some things out. Like the truth, for example. But it was a great way to meet other mommies. Congrats on your beautiful baby boy!

    • slbarnhart October 26, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Thanks Celeste glad you enjoy – and your little girl is suuuuuuper adorable – Maximo and her should meet up one day when they’re older lol

  2. Natalia October 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Stephanie, congratulations on your beautiful baby! I’ve been following your blog for a while, and it’s been really cool to read about the challenges of this road of a fellow newyorker. My daughter is 5 wks old 🙂 I wish I went to some classes while pregnant, now I’m starving for some new moms circle. Can you recommend any groups or meetups? We live on the UWS. Thank you!

    • slbarnhart October 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Natalia!

      So glad you follow and read the blog an you can laugh about the trials and errors of being a NYC mom!

      I have found a couple mom groups off Meetup.com an there are TONS for the city so I would recommend signing up online there – and you can look by specific areas – such as UWS specific …we’re also up for mom days in the city so maybe we can all do a day in Central Park before the weather changes! After the hurricane of course 🙂

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