What Should Your Childbirth Class Cover?

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Moms-to-be are bombard with friends’ and strangers’ (often horrific and unsolicited) birth stories.  It seems those stories and a copy of "What To Expect When You're Expecting” are their only tools to navigate birth.  But is that enough?  For some moms it is, but I’ve heard enough alarming birth stories to say, that for most, it isn’t.  

We no longer watch our sisters, aunts, cousins, or friends give birth with little to no intervention.  We don’t grow up seeing with birth as a normal, everyday event.  We’re not always given great advice or have doctors that have the time to coach us on every aspect of pregnancy.  That’s why parents-to-be need comprehensive childbirth classes that truly educates them (as oppose to teaching them how to comply with the hospitals rules).  

While the Bradley Method® classes do teach natural childbirth, they also arm parents with oodles of information to help them make choices and to stay healthy.  So even if you’re not sure about having a natural childbirth, the classes can help guide you along your journey of becoming parents.  

In Colorado?  Sign up for a Bradley Method Class or Breastfeeding Class!

Some of the areas we cover in classes are:

  • Nutrition.  A balanced diet is one of the key areas covered in classes, with an emphasis on protein.  A Harvard study showed that women who ate 75g – 100g of protein a day had 0% of the group developed preeclampsia, those that ate less than 75g 44% developed preeclampsia.  Most doctors, even midwives are not aware of this information.

  • Common pregnancy complaints.  We discuss several ways of dealing with everything from heartburn to back pain.  

  • How to tell if you’re in labor and when to go to the hospital.  Many first time moms are worried that they won’t know they’re in labor.  Or have gone to the hospital a few times thinking they were in labor only to be told it was “false labor.”  We talk about the signs of labor, both physically and emotional, which can determine when should leave for the hospital.  

  • Methods of induction or augmenting labor.  You’ll learn about several different ways of inducing labor or speeding labor up, including the controversial use of Cytotec.  (Scary fact:  the drug manufacturer of Cytotec does not recommend its use for induction but many doctors will use it anyway.)  In class, you’ll learn about other methods to help make an informed choice.  

  • Pain relief.  Even if you’re counting on the epidural, most doctors won’t give it to you when you first go into labor.  Chances are, you’ll have to experience some labor pains.  We discuss natural pain relief methods you can use as well as medicated options available if you need.  

  • Postpartum and breastfeeding.  Many classes just focus on birth but not what happens afterwards.  We talk about caring for yourself after baby arrives including common postpartum issues.  We also talk about the benefits of breastfeeding and how to get it off to a good start.     

This is just a snapshot of what you’ll learn in class.  And, as you can see, much of the information can help whether or not you intend to have a natural birth. 


In Colorado?  Sign up for a Bradley Method Class or Breastfeeding Class!

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