Labor and childbirth are some of the most momentous occasions of people’s lives. For this reason, it is best to be prepared and have a good idea of what to expect. We recommend our clients attend child- birth education classes starting in their third trimester, so they can feel more prepared prenatally and when the big moment finally arrives.
Childbirth education classes provide a framework of what might come and help prepare you and your partner for any expected or unexpected bumps in the road. As midwives, we have seen it all, and often say that babies sometimes seem to have their own plans. We advise families to learn about all of the possible interventions and outcomes because knowledge really is power. As you gain a clearer idea of what to expect, anxiety about what could happen decreases. Childbirth classes usually review the stages of labor and provide tips for the birthing parent and partner to cope with labor. The class can be a great opportunity to bond with your partner and start conversations about what the next steps of your lives will look like. The childbirth education class offered at McKenzie-Willamette includes a tour of our Labor and Delivery floor, so you can familiarize yourself with the environment where you will meet your baby.
There are many different options for childbirth education these days, so choose one that works well for your family and your schedule. Be sure to write down your questions and share them with your midwife at your next prenatal visit.
The internet would have you believe you need many different gadgets, pillows and doodads to nurse your baby. In reality, what is truly needed is your confidence in your ability. You can help grow this confidence by attending a prenatal lactation class. Knowledge is power!
Kanya DelPozzo , MSN, CNM
McKenzie Midwives & Lactations Services
960 N. 16th St., Ste 104, Springfield (541) 744-8660