I remember meeting with a couple who had many questions about childbirth classes, hiring a doula &where the best place to birth was. What resonates most is the expectant dad and his desire to be immersed in the pregnancy, he even went to prenatal yoga classes with his wife,now that is dedication.
The importance of having the new dad feel a part of the pregnancy before the baby is born is huge and will set the path for embracing the new miracle that is about to happen.
Dads can be involved by going to prenatal visits, childbirth classes are essential to understanding his role in labor and birth Reading , singing, or talking to the baby will be so special because the baby will recognize Dads voice when he /she is born. Understanding that he too can comfort the baby before he passes the baby off to Mom for breastfeeding, cuddling, putting the knuckle of his pinkie for the baby to suckle until Mom gets ready, changing diapers, and learning infant massage for a very special bond
Lastly, Dads are the first ones to pick up on if Mom is having any postpartum depression signs. This is nothing to be ashamed of so make sure you are proactive and get the help she needs so you, mom and baby can have the joyous journey of parenthood that you all deserve.
I have been known to compare labor and birth to many thing like going to the dentist and not getting novacaine to see if mental imagary really works ( it did but all you get is a silver filling at the end, not as great as a baby!) So yesterday while taking a spinning class we were doing intervals, they came every minute lasting one minute and we did this for about 15 minutes. I started thinking of the laboring woman a contraction lasting 60 seconds and how you can distract the mind by listening to music, hearing someone talking to you with encouraging words, knowing 30 seconds have past and that you will great a break soon. Never discounting the work you do is hard but staying strong remembering the miracle at the end and that YOU CAN DO IT!!!
As each interval (contraction) approached I thought that each one brought me closer to the end ( closer to holding your baby in your arms)
Feel strong and proud,that is how I felt at the end of class.
Maybe it does not seem like being pregnant on bed rest and being in the military have anything in common, but it actually does when it comes to finding the best childbirth education classes to fit your needs. Small Wonders Childbirth series is your complete labor, birth and postpartum preparation that you can watch at your convenience without leaving your home , on your own schedule ,and can view as many times as you need. Taught by a registered nurse, certified childbirth educator , birth doula, & mom my goal is that you & your partner understand what is normal in birth so you can relax, trust ,and have the positive birth you deserve.
As a first time mom I was taught Lamaze and hyperventilated, as a childbirth educator I first studied that Bradley method . I enjoyed most of the education however the feedback from many clients was they felt they had failed if by chance the did not have a “natural childbirth” perhaps choosing an epidural or having a c-section. Nobody fails at their birth, no matter what the choices that you made if you know you made the right one for your unique birth then it is all perfect.. That is how Small Wonders Childbirth Education evolved, years of teaching and being at births led me to understand what women and their partners really need to know , and what they really want is a positive birth experience.
Understanding your bodies instincts in pregnancy and birth
Trust in your body ,taking time to embrace the life inside
Knowledge on what is normal for labor to give you the power emotionally & physically
Techniques for relaxation that are non scripted, no hyperventilating , & unique to you
Understanding your choices both traditional and non traditional to make the best choices for your birth .
All birth is natural!
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