Meeting the Needs of Today's Parents
For most mothers today, her first experience with birth is her own. Gone are the days where girls would attend the births of their mothers, aunts and neighbours to help with the children and to offer extra helping hands as they become familiar with birth before their own time came. Today, we get our information from tv, movies, the internet, books, our care providers, family and friends. And sometimes, it's a little scary.
There are many decisions to be made - home or hospital, epidural or unmedicated, induction or spontaneous, cloth or disposable, crib or co-sleeping, and on it goes. This is just the beginning of the parenting journey and there are many more decisions to come.
A solid childbirth education lays the foundation for informed decision-making. It not only provides you with information about the birth experience and parenting a newborn, but it also equips you to think critically about that information, your options, and the choices that are best for your family. It's the start of a rewarding parenting journey where you are the best one to guide your family in love and wisdom.
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the basics - building a trusted foundation
A healthy pregnancy can lay the foundation for a healthy birth, baby and postpartum recovery. Getting back to the basics means starting with a solid nutritional foundation. You'll learn the basics of prenatal nutrition that builds a healthy blood volume for your baby, controls blood sugar imbalances to reduce the potential for gestational diabetes and nourishes your microbiome to lessen the overgrowth of Group B strep. You'll learn how nutrition can play a role in reducing the incidence of pre-eclampsia and how it prepares you to birth with less potential for tearing. You'll become wise in the ways of birth and understand what each sign and symptom means as your baby makes her journey earthside. You'll learn how inductions and other interventions can impact your birth, your baby, your recovery and breastfeeding and be given proven strategies for lessening the potential need for interventions and how to recover more quickly when they're needed. You'll have an opportunity to examine your provider's practice guidelines and learn more about the science behind those recommendations. And as always, the basics include pain management, epidurals, interventions, caesareans, postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, newborn care and more!
it's a matter of love - the love hormone
Birth is the result of a finely tuned concert of hormones between you and your baby. And it works or there wouldn’t be so many of us. But did you know that most of the hormones of birth are pleasure hormones? Birth comes under the management of our autonomic nervous system, because it's automatic. While one branch of this system helps us deal with fright, stress and danger with adrenaline and cortisol, also known as our "fight or flight" system, the other branch of this system helps us to fall in love, digest our food, nurse our babies and birth them into the world. This is called our "calm and connected" system and the love hormone, oxytocin, is the hormone in charge. Oxytocin is a shy hormone and is easily disturbed. Just like it helps to "get in the mood" to have joyous sex (oxytocin is responsible for this!), it's also helpful to get in the mood for birth. Childbirth education will teach you all you need to know about this wonderful hormone (and all the other birth hormones) and how it brings your baby out into the world. You'll learn what affects the release of oxytocin. Interrupting it's flow with fear, stress or danger can make birth more difficult or even stop it altogether. And using effective strategies can help this hormone to flow easing your baby's journey earthside. Oxytocin got its name from the Greek word for 'quick birth'. You'll want to know how to make the best of this hormone!
navigating modern birth with science and wisdom
Birth is as ancient as the species that bear their young are. However, how we give birth is a matter of what culture we live in and what our beliefs about birth are. Modern birth, surrounded by technology is so recent that there's been no time to adapt to it. Until the last few years, no human baby has arrived while also being subjected to ultrasound waves through electronic or hand-held monitoring. Humans have never birthed without access to food and instead infused with an IV drip. For the first time, synthetic oxytocin is often used in place of our own oxytocin to start and manage labour and birth. And never have so many babies arrived under powerful analgesia or through surgery. This is a time that calls for effective strategies to help us navigate this new paradigm. Through a comprehensive childbirth education, you'll learn how to work with your body to encourage your baby into an optimal position for birth. You will learn how to move through labour with pain management skills and how to work with an epidural to continue to have an effective labour. You'll understand how birth interventions impact breastfeeding and how best to overcome those challenges. And as always, you will learn what to do to confidently welcome your baby in the event that your baby doesn't wait for your attendants to arrive or for you to get to a hospital.