Sample Childbirth Preparation Class

The following is a sample outline of the Birth Works Childbirth Preparation Class. Some of the topics may change to fit the needs of the participants. We may also watch informational videos.

Identifying feelings, expectations, fears and concerns about birth.
Role of good nutrition, exercises, a discussion of upright positions in labor and birth, guidelines for indications for a cesarean and uterine dependability.
Discussion of common diagnostic and labor interventions in terms of the risk-benefit ratio and alternatives to routine use of interventions. Types of medical pain relief, the risks/benefit ratio and alternatives. Accepting responsibility and taking an active role in birth. Finding a balance, using interventions only when the benefits outweigh the risks, and most importantly, gain confidence in our ability to birth! Understanding how physicians are trained and the legal pressures that confront everyone.
The importance of doulas, labor companions, choosing a birth place that feels safe and a birth team that shares a woman’s philosophy of birth. Understanding how the practice of human values improves decision-making and leads to a more positive birth experience. Identifying belief systems and attitudes about birth and learning how to change those not conducive to positive birthing. Tools for strengthening positive beliefs about oneself and birth will be explained and practiced. Discussion of birth preferences (birth “wish list”).
This class is very powerful in demonstrating the influence of our mind and emotions on our physical bodies. Once we are aware of these influences, we can begin to make changes, if desired. When the mind is relaxed, the body will follow. This class takes great strides towards facilitating more normal and natural birth.
Personal and cultural belief systems about pain. The concept of healthy pain. Comfort measures for birth. Labor process and review of comfort measures, working with contractions, labor sounds, conscious birthing, birth visualization, the physiology of birth and role of hormones.
Postpartum care of mother and baby, breastfeeding, and parenting.
 
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