Are you a mom who was disappointed with a previous birth experience or a first-time mom who is looking to gain as much knowledge as she can?
Previously, I've done a post about reasons to take a childbirth class and what benefits you might find from choosing an independently-taught class over a hospital-based class. In this post, we will explore THREE MORE reasons to take a childbirth class, and why it's worth it!
There are typically two ways to take a birth class 1) through your hospital or 2) through an independent childbirth educator (this is also usually the type offered through midwifery centers).
So, how do you know which class to choose? Besides knowing that you get what you pay for, you should be able to find a childbirth educator you can trust and class environment that is both comforting and challenging.
Alright, here we go!!!! 3 MORE reasons to take and independent childbirth class...
Reason #3 Your Partner Will be More Equipped to Help You During Delivery and Afterward
Want your partner or husband to step up to the plate when it comes to welcoming your new little one?
I often have partners come into my class with a glimmer of an idea of how they want to support the new mother, and it is so inspiring to see them come away with more details hammered out, equipped with more confidence & encouraging words, and a better understanding of why their wife wants abc, but not xyz. An independent childbirth class will coach your partner on why he should be on board with comfort measures, encouraging words, and being your best breastfeeding advocate.
He will come away with motivation and tools to be a better support person and a better daddy! Plus, you will be better able to start conversations about the birthing process and parenting.
Reason #2 Connecting With Other Parents
We can sometimes tend to focus so much on the safety of birth or having all the right baby gear ...that we actually forget what having a baby is truly all about at the core: relationships! Having a baby is obviously about your relationship with your baby & partner, but it is also very much about the village you'll surround yourself with.
Motherhood can feel very isolating, and if you're not proactive during the first few months or so, it can put you smack dab in the middle of a season of postpartum depression. More and more research is showing us that when women have a support group network of other women, they not only reduce the risk/affects of depression, but they actually tend to thrive!
The other couples taking an independent class with you can become a built-in network of friends who are going through the same challenges as you at the same time. Very often, I have seen my clients exchange contact information and develop supportive, ongoing relationships before and after the arrival of Baby. This especially occurs in a class that is at least four weeks or ten hours in total length.
An independently-taught class will go beyond, "Here's what will happen when you get your epidural" and delve into how to really get the birth you want.
Evidence-based care means BEST PRACTICES, and it means the perfect trifecta of what scientific research supports in unique situations, what your provider's experience would advise you to do, along with what the mother's wishes are for her personalized care.
So, how do you get the care that you want? An independent childbirth educator will coach you on speaking up for your own wishes so you can practice & be prepared for the moments of vulnerability. Independent educators can also provide you with the RIGHT places to look for resources (beyond google).
What will you do if you encounter a situation like an unexpected complication in late pregnancy or a potential need for induction? Parents can't learn the entire body of birthing knowledge in a few hours--not even in a few years--but they can learn where to look and how to have a conversation with their birth support team.
Be well. Come away from your birth with a safe and satisfying experience.
I welcome your questions and comments below!
Marcia prepares new parents through pregnancy, into babyhood. She also supports parenthood journeys in other ways; She is an artist, seamstress, Lemongrass Spa consultant, and CAPPA certified childbirth educator. Marcia lives in Colorado with her husband, four children, and their dog, Calamity Jane.