Why Should I Attend a Prenatal Class?
Would you study for an important test? Prepare for an interview? Train for a marathon? Birth is one of the most significant events of your life, you should do what you can to get ready for it!
Birth is something that our culture seems to misunderstand. If you’re pregnant or have been pregnant, have you noticed people telling you horrible stories of how awful their pregnancy and labour were? You’ve probably seen someone on TV having a baby with a lot of screaming and hospital staff rushing all over the place. I have GOOD NEWS for you. Birth does not have to be scary. Do you know what works well to take away fear? KNOWLEDGE.
Birth is a natural event. Don’t mistake me, I’m not saying it’s easy or always goes the way we plan. (Spoiler alert: it almost never goes the way we plan.) But our bodies are created to make, grow and birth tiny humans, and the changes our bodies undergo so that can happen are really amazing. A prenatal class will help you to understand the awe-inspiring physical process of labour, and how to work with your baby and your body to help labour along. A good prenatal class will give you a lot more than that. Here are just a few of the topics I cover in a standard class:
- What happens during labour
- Various ways to deal with the sensations of labour
- How partners can be helpful
- Decision-making about birth
- Postpartum mood disorders
- Relationship changes
- Building your village
I want you to feel as confident as possible, not only about the process of birth but also about beginning this beautiful, terrifying, confusing, astonishing journey of parenthood.
Birth is as life-changing for the new parents as it is for the tiny new person being born. The actions we take to prepare for birth, to cope with labour when it’s happening, and to recover in the postpartum phase, have great influence on the experience. I hope I can help you make it a wonderful experience.
Originally published at HeritageBirth.ca