Do you know about ACOG’s new recommendations for birth? And how they may affect you and your baby?
In February of 2017, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued new, safer recommendations for labor, birth, and newborn procedures for low-risk women.
In response to these exciting developments, I have crafted an entire childbirth preparation class that highlights these recommendations.
In this dynamic, experiential class, we will also explore and discuss:
Pregnancy and birth as healthy, physiological processes
How to collaborate with your provider in making shared decisions
The stages of labor and when to go to the hospital or birth center
What can facilitate and what can inhibit the progression of labor
Pain coping techniques and what can increase and decrease sensations of pain
How partners can support women during pregnancy and birth
Common medical interventions and their alternatives
The role of a doula and how s/he may contribute to your birth experience
What to consider when crafting a birth plan
C-sections and options to enhance the experience of surgical birth
What makes this particular childbirth class series unique?
This is a semi-private class (consisting of no more than 5 couples). Many local childbirth classes commonly enroll as many as 16 couples per class.
Hospital classes offer only what is on that particular hospital’s “menu” of options and can vary greatly between hospitals.
Independent classes, like this one, offer a much fuller spectrum of information, options, and tools to prepare you for labor and birth.
Our class’s size and format allows for flexibility and the tailoring of content to meet your needs.
Why are ACOG’s new recommendations so important?
Increase the safety of birth for you and your baby.
Increase the satisfaction you and your birth companion experience during birth.
Help you determine the degree to which your current provider and current birth location will be able to offer the services you and your baby need.
Why are we meeting for two days instead of one?
To avoid the physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion of exploring these topics in one, long class
To allow you to digest and integrate the information more manageably
To make space for questions to arise between classes
To give you an opportunity to discuss what you learned with your partner or birth companion between classes
To cultivate a sense of community with other couples
I invite you to bring your questions, open mind, and sense of humor as we discuss and practice tools for pregnancy and birth together.
Previous classes have been organized and hosted entirely by me.
I am currently in the process of collaborating with a local wellness studio to offer a more robust childbirth preparation experience.
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