Childbirth Education Class
Why take a Childbirth Education Class?
These holistic childbirth classes encourage women to gain more trust and faith in their body's ability to give birth, and to honor the transition to motherhood.
Class One: First Class: Feelings, Breath Awareness, Relaxation, Philosophies of Childbirth
Identifying feelings, expectations, fears and concerns about birth; Birth Works philosophies and how they contrast with the philosophies of the birthing world today.
Class Two: Relaxation, Nutrition/Exercise, Common Medical Procedures, Human Values in Birth
Role of good nutrition, exercise; a discussion of upright positions in labor and birth; discussion of common diagnostic and labor interventions in terms of the risk-benefit ratio and alternatives to routine use of interventions; accepting responsibility and taking an active role in birth; understanding how physicians are trained and the legal pressures that confront everyone. Finding a balance, using interventions only when the benefits outweigh the risks, and most importantly, gain confidence in our ability to birth.
Class Three: Place of Birth/Birth Team, Cultural Beliefs about Birth, Birth Art
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; examining and discussing how our culture's beliefs about birth shapes our own beliefs; birth art exercise
Class Four: Discussion of pain, Comfort Measures in Birth, Positive Positions during labor and birth, Optimal Pelvic Positioning
Examining beliefs about pain; discussion of common pain relief during birth, including natural comfort measures; getting to know what positive positioning looks like and how it can benefit both mother and baby, both during pregnancy and during labor/birth.
Class Five: Labor and Birth
Labor process and review of comfort measures; working with contractions; labor sounds; conscious birthing; birth visualization boards; the physiology of birth and role of hormones.
Class Six: Postpartum and Breastfeeding
Postpartum care of mother and baby; decisions concerning newborn in the hospital; discussion of the benefits of breastfeeding; basic beginning breastfeeding information; closing topics.
Date: Sundays Starting June 26-July 31
Date Sundays August 7th, 14th, 21st, September 4th, 11th, & 18th