Are childbirth education classes really necessary?
Pregnancy is an amazing time in your life, filled with wonder, hopes and a lot of questions! We often rely on family, friends and even the media for answers to our questions, but are they always accurate? Since each pregnancy and birth are once in a lifetime events, it is so important that your information be factual and based on research rather than personal accounts. Even free hospital birthing classes may have an agenda... do they have your best interest at heart? Yes, they may help make you a good patient, but isn't it far more important to be a good parent...making your own decisions about your care? Current hospital policies and procedures are not always supportive of what is best for mother and baby.
Childbirth classes are designed to provide factual answers to your questions, so you are able to make true informed decisions about your care and the care of your baby. The classes will give you a complete understanding of the process of birth and techniques that will help you through that process. When you understand the natural birthing process, you are better able to work with your bodies and not against it.
Why choose a birth doula?
In addition to the loving comfort and constant support of having another woman with you during your labor, mothers that choose to have a doula have:
- 50% decrease in cesarean births
- 60% decrease in epidurals
- 40% decrease in the use of pitocin
- 30% decrease in the use of narcotics
- 30% decrease in the use of forceps
- Overall, a 25% decrease in the length of labor
Source: "Mothering the Mother"
by Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus
Check out this video:
Birth Doulas Make the World a Safer, More Peaceful Place to Be Born
What does a Postpartum Doula do?
- Offers education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester
- Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, simple meal preparation and light household tidying
- Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary
What is your birth philosophy?
My philosophy is based on the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiatives:
- Birth is a normal, natural and healthy process.
- Women and babies have the inherent wisdom necessary for birth.
- Babies are aware, sensitive human beings at the time of birth, and should be acknowledged and treated as such.
- Breastfeeding provides the optimum nourishment for newborns and infants.
- Birth can safely take place in hospitals, birth centers, and homes.
- The midwifery model of care, which supports and protects the normal birth process, is the most appropriate for the majority of women during pregnancy and birth.
- Individuals are ultimately responsible for making informed choices about the health care they and their babies receive.
- Interventions should not be applied routinely during pregnancy, birth or the postpartum period. Many standard medical tests, procedures, technologies, and drugs carry risks to both mother and baby and should be avoided in the absence of specific scientific indications for their use.
- If complications arise during pregnancy, birth, or the postpartum period, medical treatments should be evidence-based.
For more information about the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative and to read the entire document, please ago to www.motherfriendly.org