Still trying to decide if taking a childbirth preparation class is right for you? Here are some of the benefits of taking a class:
- A woman's body was built for growing and birthing babies. Taking a childbirth class can help you understand what to expect from your body and increase your confidence for the big day.
- During your childbirth preparation class you have an opportunity to discuss your fears about labor and birth with both the instructor and the other couples in the class - who quite often have the same fears.
- Some couples find that attending childbirth preparation class together creates a bond that helps them to parent better.
- During a good childbirth preparation class, the instructor will discuss many pain relief options including relaxation, comfort measures, breathing and medications so you get a full picture of all the options available to you.
- Here's the big one...the hormones that drive labor are significantly affected by adrenaline - produced when a Mama feels anxious or scared. Understanding what is normal during labor can help prevent these spikes of adrenaline keep your labor on track.
Busting the Myths - A community approach (The Myth Busters quoted below are actual Mamas that have been in the trenches...to join the conversation yourself, head on over to Happy Mama Wellness on Facebook!)
MYTH 1: "I don't need to prepare for childbirth, I am just going to get an epidural."
- On Christmas morning 44 years ago, my wife was in labor with our son. The night nurses said it was too soon to offer any type of sedation. When the morning nurses cam on duty, they said it was too late. So--our son was delivered naturally with no sedation of any kind. So glad we took the classes.
- The classes tell you about the pluses and minuses of doing an epidural and how to recover from the epidural itself! The side effects of the epidural can seriously change the outcome of your delivery changing it from vaginal to C-section very quickly. There are a slew of other issues that can arise and the Dr's don't seem to give you enough of these details to allow you to give truly 'informed' consent.
- Doc has protocols to adhere to...you almost always have options they aren't telling you about.
- Just knowing you can ask the doctor why is huge! And they don't tell you you're allowed to do this.
- I have worked in childcare for 10 years and know tons of women and heard all their stories. I learned so much in a birthing class. You learn things you don't even think to ask about.
- It is great to talk with your family and friends but their information might be biased or not well rounded. It can also be overwhelming to get a lot of opinions. The class keeps it streamlined. Mine also helped eliminate many fears.
- Your support person is such a vital part of the birth process. They need to be educated, find courage, and learn how best to care for you. They can do all this in a class.
- You didn't start this process yourself, you shouldn't be finishing it yourself. Your partner should be there for this entire journey...you made the baby together, you will parent the baby together, you should deliver the baby together.
- There are so many to choose from you can find one to work around your schedule.
- Take a class! Giving birth is one of the most magical, empowering experiences in life . . . If you're properly prepared to care for yourself and your baby throughout the entire process! There's so much mis-information about this natural journey that makes it harder to enter this challenging work of motherhood . . . It's amazing what a difference education and confidence makes as you embrace your new role! Again, I whole-heartedly encourage you to get informed and enjoy the miracle of childbirth to the fullest!