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Childbirth Classes

Published November 06, 2007        by Nicole

By choosing your care-giver and the place where you will give birth, you will have made the two choices that will most greatly affect your birth experience. Besides those, however, there are others that also make a big difference. For example your choice of childbirth classes will influence your feelings of confidence and readiness as you approach the birth and early parenthood. So put the itty bitty adorable baby clothes aside, and take a second to consider taking a childbirth class. The idea of formal classes to prepare women and their partners for childbirth came to North America in the early 1960’s when the work of Grantly Dick-Read, an English obstetrician, became publicized. Dick-Read was the real pioneer of natural childbirth techniques in the Western world. As a young man in the Read more

Starting Childbirth Class Search

Published October 24, 2007        by Nicole

You can begin the search for classes by asking your care-giver, your friend with babies, or the hospital’s maternity department for suggestions. Then call and ask the providers of childbirth education to describe their classes. Find out who the teachers are. Is it possible to interview the teacher before registering in a class? You can learn a lot in a brief phone conversation. Is the teacher an independent certified childbirth educator who sub-contracts her services? Or is she an employee of a hospital or group? Does she belong to one of the local and national organizations of childbirth educators? Ask about the teacher’s qualifications. Some sponsors require a medical background, such as nursing or physical therapy. Others require a college degree, sometimes in a related field, such Read more