Birthing Class at Wyman Elementary

I do not have a husband, a partner, a birthing coach. I pull down a padded blue mat from a stack and drag it into a corner.

Our teacher instructs coaches to sit behind partners and wrap their arms around their wives’ bellies.

My blue raft lists. I hold on.

Charlene Logan Burnett lives in Northern California. When not writing, she rescues homeless collies. She received an MFA in playwriting from UC Davis, and she was awarded a MacDowell Colony fellowship. Her work has been published in RHINO, WomensArts Quarterly, Weave Magazine, Yemassee, and others.

You can see more of her work in 50/50