Friday, January 26, 2007

Ring of fire

Last night we had another Bradley Childbirth class (4 down, 4 to go). In class, we learned about the second stage of labor or the pushing stage. There was lots of discussion about how some women's parts are blissfully numb while others experience the "ring of fire" (lots of burning sensation) when the baby's head is crowning.

I've heard the phrase "ring of fire" before. But last night was one of those times when you inexplicably get the giggles over something silly.

You see, it hit me where I've heard the phrase "ring of fire" before. From the movie "Finding Nemo"! There's a scene where Nemo is being initiated into the "bonds of tankhood" so that he can be part of the club with the other fishes in the dentist's fish tank. Bloat, a pufferfish, announces with this booming voice, "You can be part of us...if you swim through....The Ring of Fire!!"

And the other fishes are doing this tribal chant. Something like "za-who-wha-hey-ya-ho-ho-ho" over and over as part of Nemo's initiation.

So in the Bradley class, every time someone would say "ring of fire", I would have to bite my tongue to keep from snickering and snorting with laughter. I just have this image of Karen and the nurses doing the tribal chant while the doctor screams, "Ring of Fire!" as my baby's head crowns.

Even as I write this, I'm giggling. Yep. I'm so weird that way. Karen is just shaking her head at me.

-Wendy
[26w, 4d}

7 comments:

Jeff Eberlin said...

My first thought:

"I fell into a burning ring of fire...."

Dee said...

Too funny. You know that will be on my mind now when we're experiencing labor.

Meg said...

Oh boy, now you've done it. We're going to our prep classes in a few weeks, I am certain I'm going to get a case of the giggles now!

Ace of Spades said...

Kid at heart.

Im with Jeff eberlin "burning ring of fire" first thoughts.

Stacey said...

I think of that song too.

Well, maybe you'll giggle during birth and that will make it more enjoyable. ;)

Momai said...

ROFL OK, now that's funny!

Holly said...

Now, I will have Johnny Cash in my head when Lois is pushing.