Many mothers-to-be can find they begin experience a little stress and anxiety as childbirth nears. The way to overcome stress for any event or performance is to be prepared and realize that others have gone through the same successfully. The same goes for delivery day.
Check lists and being organized certainly play a big role in preparations. Some childbirth clinics have posted online check lists of what to have ready, which can be a good starting point, but it will be necessary to get a list from the chosen clinic eventually, because policies may be different there.
Since there is a lot of information to digest and many options to process, many organizations provide comprehensive childbirth classes over a period of weeks or months. These should be enrolled in as soon as possible to get the maximum benefit of lessons on exercise, breathing and diet, but enrolling at any time will still offer benefits.
Choosing the Best Class for Mom
A growing number of pregnancy classes are available, and choosing the right one may take a little research. Most will provide great information on how to prepare, so it may be worthwhile to attend more than one. Regardless, the benefits of learning should not be ignored. They include:
- building confidence in the process of childbirth
- camaraderie with others facing the same challenges
- an overview of pain relief options, from pharmaceuticals to massage
- tours of the childbirth facility
Classes will also provide an overview of procedures available at the location. Freedom of movement during labor, for instance, is a relatively new practice born from the knowledge that laying on the back and avoiding physical activity actually depresses circulation and can lead to fetal distress. Cord blood banking is a newer procedure that involves collecting and saving the stem cells from the baby’s umbilical cord blood. These stem cells may potentially be used in a medical treatment, should the need arise, for the baby or possibly a sibling.
The Bradley Method offers 12-week classes that are focused on making childbirth natural, without the use of medications. Pain response is a major topic in these sessions, as well as the potential dangers of pharmaceutical painkillers.
Lamaze classes are likewise designed to reduce the use of pharmaceuticals during labor. However, they offer a greater focus on alternative birthing techniques, proper positioning, and breathing for relaxation,
There are several other providers to consider that focus on other areas and alternative therapies, from hypnosis to meditation and increased awareness. If these are offered outside of the clinic or hospital, it may still be worthwhile to take a childbirth class devoted to the particular facility. Having the best knowledge is the key to a stress-free delivery.
This article was written by Alan Cassidy, an active writer within the blogging community covering maternity and childbirth, and always advocating for infant and children’s health. Connect with him on Twitter @ACassidy22