Childbirth is the culmination of the pregnancy and is both emotionally & physically taxing endeavor. Especially, for the first-time mothers it can bring about a lot of stress, doubts and with it fear. Lack of proper awareness and education, breeds plenty of questions which needs to be addressed appropriately and effectively. Also, childbirth isn’t something only for the mother – the spouse has an important and integral role to play.
Childbirth preparation classes offer a structured understanding of the process of childbirth and help both partners to prepare for labor, childbirth and the early part of parenthood.
Ideally, both partners ought to attend these classes together and they are often clubbed with breastfeeding workshops. They aid a better birthing experience, as well as prepares the parents-to-be in a more effective manner.
- Preparing for labor
- Breathing techniques for managing pain in labor.
- Options available for a pain-free delivery
- Relaxation techniques
- Prenatal yoga for maintaining flexibility and stamina.
- Maintaining good communication between partners.
- Interactive discussions on preparing mind and body for pregnancy and beyond.
- Proper massages for mother & child
- Changing nappies and swaddling the baby
- Breastfeeding and its benefits
- Early pregnancy classes
- Women-only classes
- Couples classes
- Refresher classes
- Dedicated sessions
Childbirth preparation classes are designed with pregnancy journey that each mother takes. And try to help her become a more informed, well-prepared and effective parent. Typically, these sessions last from either 3 to 6, depending on the length of each session and the need for each parent.
As a first-time parent, it is highly recommended that one attends some kind of childbirth preparation classes. These classes are very valuable and will help you be more confident, less fearful, less anxious, and better prepared to make decisions if you know what to expect.
Consulting a gynaecologist also helps you know the vaccines you should be taking; the precautions that are a must; as well as identify potential pitfalls in your planned pregnancy and motherhood. A comprehensive pre-pregnancy check-up to ensure that the expectant mother is physically and mentally capable of taking care of herself and the baby.