These classes are taught by: Penny Simkin, April Bolding or Katie Rohs and Kathy Wilson
Reading Materials: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn; The Birth Partner; and handouts (included with the class fee)
(A video of an out of hospital birth or another relevant topic will be shown at most classes)
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- Introductions: Names and other information
- Discussion: Long term impact of the birth experience on a woman and family
- Decisions to make: Baby’s doctor; Water birth; Choice of support team (family, friends, doula); infant feeding, etc.
- Review of anatomy
- The 3 Rs of coping with childbirth stress: Relaxation, Rhythm, and Ritual
- Comfort Measures: Conditioning exercises: Relaxation; slow breathing
- The events of late pregnancy leading to birth: for mother, fetus, and placenta
- Prematurity (the “unfinished pregnancy”)
- How to know when you’re in labor: the signs to look for
- What happens during labor: the stages of labor
- Comfort Measures: More on relaxation (partner’s role) and slow breathing; intro to light breathing for relaxation and for mastery.
- The emotions of labor, the emotional needs of the woman, and how the partner and others can meet her needs.
- Prenatal perineal massage to reduce the chance of a tear at birth.
- Comfort Measures: More on relaxation; massage; light breathing; positions and movements for labor; visualizations.
- Emotions of labor (cont.)
- Transfer to the hospital: reasons and what to expect
- Medical interventions: induction of labor; electronic fetal monitoring; intravenous fluids and medications (epidural); vacuum extractor, forceps; cesarean delivery.
- Setting priorities for care. Bottom line: Healthy Mother and Baby
- Comfort Measures: Back labor techniques; techniques and positions for pushing
- Transfer to the hospital (cont.)
- Postpartum adjustment
- Comfort Measures: Review of all learned comfort measures and labor progress techniques
- Care of the newborn
- Role play/rehearsal of all labor techniques in a simulated labor
- Comprehensive breastfeeding class taught by a lactation consultant
(Scheduled after all babies are born)
- Potluck meal
- Birth stories
- Group picture of all babies and families