The Lotus Family Support Center
A childbirth class provides families with a forum to ask questions and provide you with information and resources to help you make informed decisions about key issues surrounding your baby's birth.
Some of the information you can find out from a birthing class includes:
- How your baby is developing
- Healthy developments in your pregnancy
- How to make your pregnancy, labor, and delivery more comfortable
- Breathing and relaxation techniques
- Creating a birth preference
- How to tell when you are in labor
- Pain relief options during labor
- What to expect during labor and delivery
- The role of the coach or labor partner
Classes also address what to expect after the baby is born, including breastfeeding, baby care, and dealing with the emotional changes of new parenthood.
You might also find support from other expectant couples at a childbirth class. Who would better understand the ups and downs of pregnancy than couples who are going through them, too? Many people find friends in their childbirth class who last long past the birth of their child.
If your birth partner is also the baby's father, taking a class together can mean his increased involvement in the pregnancy, and can act as a good bonding experience. Like the mother, the partner can also benefit from knowing what to expect when the mother goes into labor - and how to assist in that process. The common goal of all birthing classes is to provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to give birth and make informed decisions. This includes reducing your anxiety about the birth experience, as well as providing you with a variety of coping techniques to aid in pain management. Remember that the ultimate goal is to have a healthy mom and healthy baby.
$60 per couple
Sliding scale for no to low-income families. Click here to see if you qualify
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