Birthing From Within® Childbirth Preparation Classes
Birthing From Within® Childbirth classes offer a unique balance between information and self-discovery. The Birthing From Within® mentor facilitates and holds space for mothers and their partners to discover and follow their individual and joint journey through pregnancy, labor, birth, and into parenthood.
Birthing From Within® classes are very dynamic. Parents can expect to learn several pain-coping practices, labor and birth positions, models of care, as well as recognize and understand their assumptions, motivations, hopes, and fears through art, discussion and role-play.
Typical topics covered in childbirth education classes include:
By definition, according to Wikipedia, "[a Doula] is a nonmedical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, as well as her partner and/or family, by providing physical assistance, and emotional support. The provision of continuous support during labor by doulas (as well as nurses, family, or friends) is associated with improved maternal and fetal health and a variety of other benefits."
The Doula does not try to replace or take the role of the dad/partner in any way. The Doula knows and understands that the dad/partner is the best support for mom because he knows and loves her and the baby more than anyone else. But there are times when a woman in labor needs more than one support person and the partner may need some assurance, advice and guidance.
The Doula does not make decisions for mother and partner or project her personal opinion on them but she helps them to get the information they need to make informed decisions. A Doula’s goal is to help the mother and partner have the birth experience they are wanting.
Doula services include:
2 prenatal visits
On-going support leading up to and during labor and birth
Support immediately post-birth until baby is comfortably breastfeeding
The Postpartum Doula role is different with each family the Doula visits but following is a brief description of what services may be offered.
A Postpartum Doula can provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to new mother and her family. A Postpartum Doula offers breastfeeding support, light household maintenance, family nurturing and assistance and instruction to mom and/or other family members in the care of a newborn.
The Postpartum Doula’s job is to make the transition to parenthood easier for new parents, to help mom during her recovery period and to ascertain what the family needs help with and provide the necessary support.
The main objective of a Postpartum Doula's role is to educate and support the family so that they will feel confident in caring for their newborn themselves. Postpartum Doulas do NOT offer medical advice or perform any medical procedures but can offer parents referrals to the appropriate studies and published books.
Some of the many benefits of having a Pospartum Doula are:
Extra support for new family
Breastfeeding support and education
Newborn care instruction
Relief from feeling alone
Less calls to the pediatrician for basic information
May reduce incidences of postpartum mood disorders
Mom may get more rest
Buffer for other family members/friends
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