How to Find the Right Childbirth Class | Pregnancy


There are many different options for childbirth
education courses. Do you take one in your community? Do you take one at your hospital?
There are a lot of different things to think about when considering taking a childbirth
education class. Some of the different types of childbirth education classes are Lamaze,
the Bradley method, birthing from within, hypnobirthing and a new technique developed
in 2011 called Fear to Freedom by Karen Brody. A Lamaze class you may thinking of as teaching
these breathing techniques like hee hee hee, hoo hoo hoo. They don’t do that anymore. Lamaze
is evidence-based information about childbirth education. In Lamaze they talk about the sings and stages
of labor, the physical anatomical experiences of the body during birth. In Lamaze they also
talk about comfort techniques to use and if you have a partner to attend the childbirth
education class with you, they can also review with your partner different comfort techniques
that he or she can use to help support you during the birth. In Lamaze classes they will
begin with talking about pregnancy, nutrition, and then they will move into talking about
the birth experience itself, the signs and stages of labor and then they will also discuss
the postpartum period and tips for successful breastfeeding. Bradley Method of childbirth
education is a twelve week course that works with you and your partner to help your partner
understand how to offer partner led coaching during birth. Hypnobirthing is a childbirth
education technique that is designed Marie Mongan. It’s developed to teach you visualization
and relaxation techniques to use during childbirth. Fear to Freedom is a new model that’s designed
by Karen Brody. This model allows women to become connected with their inner selves by
teaching them tools to use to connect with their bodies and their voice to have a more
empowered birthing experience. In choosing a childbirth education course that’s right
for you, you might want to consider as well what you’re ideal birth experience might be.
Are you hoping to have a natural birth? Are you hoping to have a medicated birth? Are
you hoping to have a vaginal birth/ A cesarean birth? The most important thing in choosing
a childbirth education course is to think about the type of birth that you would like
to have so that you can know your options and what possibilities there are. And these
are some general guidelines as to how to choose the right childbirth education class for you.

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