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Childbirth Education

We integrate personalized childbirth education into our prenatal visits and teach childbirth education for homebirth class a couple times a year. My book, HomeBirth Education, is available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle format. It is the take-home handouts from my childbirth education for homebirth class. Even if you are not taking my class, you may like to have the handouts that outline the topics covered in class. The following are some of the topics I usually cover:

Basic anatomy & physiology for birth
Transformative aspects of pregnancy: focusing on emotional as well as physical changes.
Comfort Measures for Common Complaints
Wise Nutrition for Pregnancy
Normal Baby Growth Patterns
Personal Responsibility and Decision Making: Making informed choices, including the birth setting, midwife or doctor care, birth assistants, and natural childbirth
Pregnant Couple Process of Birth: Focusing on how the baby is born and how the mother and her birth team can work with the process for an easier labor and delivery. We teach about birth as a mother/baby centered process, with tools for all members of the birth team, including breathing and relaxation, variation in birth position, vocalization, and sensitive support.
Creating Your Birth: parents learn what they can do to improve the chances of having the birth they want. Parents will create their own birth plans.
Signs of Impending Labor
Breathing & Relaxation
Phases & Stages of Labor
Birth Videos
Role Playing
Difficult Births: Discussion of the "scary" aspects of birth, including fear of pain and death. We contrast "variations of normal" with true medical crises. Parents learn useful problem-solving tools to overcome fear-based biases. We explore avoiding the complications that might beset a pregnant woman who has suffered past personal trauma.
Positive visualization for birth
Homebirth Supplies for Land or Water Birth
Non-Emergency and Emergency Back-up Plans
Postpartum Care
Newborn care
Community Building and Support System

This information is not intended to replace the care and advice of an appropriate care provider.
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