Do I really need to take childbirth classes?
I'm hearing a lot of couples question whether they even NEED to take childbirth classes let alone one that will take so much time out of their already busy schedule. At the end of the last class as we sit around enjoying birth-day cake I ask my students to share with me their thoughts surrounding the course they have just finished. One couple shared with me that they felt as though they had just finished a college level course. Another shared that they were unaware of how much they didn't know about the process and how glad they were to have taken the class. Many others have made similar statements.
Here are some questions for you - my effort to help you learn how taking natural childbirth classes can be beneficial even to those who may be planning on a medicated or c-section delivery.
There are many more questions I can add but I think that perhaps you are getting the idea. If you don't know the answer to any or some of these questions then you need to take a comprehensive natural childbirth class so that you are armed with the information necessary to best assist your birth attendant with the important decisions that may need to be made during both pregnancy and labor. Your birth partner needs to be armed with the information necessary to best support you in the endeavor of bringing a precious life into this world. I know this from personal experience. During my 8th pregnancy there were multiple blood clots found in both lungs at 28 weeks gestation. I shudder to think of how the situation would have ended up had I not known what procedures would be necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of the clots. I share the entire story with my students during classes (and many other personal experiences).
Why give birth as nature intended?
Birth is a natural process. It is my belief that women are born with birth knowledge locked away deep within their brain. I teach women and their birth partner about the natural process of birth and how to tap into the birth instinct that is already present. I teach women how to work with the birth process by tuning-in to her own body. My classes encourage mothers to trust their bodies using natural breathing, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, and education.
The kind of pregnancy, and birth our children experience has a profound and lifelong effect on their overall health.
How much do classes cost?
To see the tuition for the classes offered by Taylor Your Birth, click here.
When should I start?
The earlier you start, the better prepared you'll be physically, emotionally, and mentally. Healthy nutrition, appropriate exercise, and pregnancy information can be beneficial throughout the entire pregnancy. For most couples, the fifth month is the suggested time to begin a natural childbirth class as they seriously start training for labor and for their upcoming role as parents. Early pregnancy classes are also offered.
How long are classes?
There are eight (8) Taylor Your Birth-day classes - each lasting 3 hours - and are designed to give both mother and her birth partner adequate preparation time for the birth of their child. Labor can be a strenuous physical activity, but mothers and birth partners can prepare both physically and mentally with the help of their natural childbirth instructor to make their birth experience an even more beautiful and joyous event.
What does Taylor Your Birth teach?
Taylor Your Birth-day classes have been designed by Angie Taylor are intended to empower the expectant woman to make truly informed choices that fit her unique situation. Angie's curriculum includes her personal birth experience, labor support experience and her knowledge as a Doctor of Natural Health.
Moms and their birth partners will be well educated, and well prepared to trust the normal processes of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Taylor Your Birth-day classes will teach you how to stay healthy and low risk while preparing your body for your joyous event. You and your birth partner will learn how to work as partners to help you trust the sensations of birth and follow the path down which these sensations lead you. You will learn about the natural process and why trusting this process is best for moms and babies. You will also learn about common medical interventions so that you can make truly informed choices.
Taylor Your Birth-day classes end with a 3-hour birth rehearsal so you are able to see how much of the birth process can be accomplished at home. (This 3-hour birth rehearsal will be held at your own home and can be scheduled even if you do not take the Taylor Your Birth-day class - see the Childbirth Course page for more information.) Because you can never know for sure how the birth process will unfold, Taylor Your Birth-day classes will attempt to prepare you for a long birth, or a short birth, or the many variations that can occur along the way. These classes will also prepare you for the event that you don't make it to your chosen birth place or your birth attendant does not make it to you. It is my goal for you to be well equipped for whatever course your birth experience may take.
Taylor Your Birth-day classes will also teach you about newborn care and breastfeeding techniques and Happiest Baby on the Block techniques. Classes will teach you what to expect during the weeks and months after birth for both you and your baby.
Angie is a highly trained and experienced professional who will be available to answer your questions and concerns as well as calm your labor, birth, breastfeeding and parenting fears.
Taylor Your Birth-day Classes include:
Are there any books I should read before I start?
There are numerous good books on childbirth and pregnancy at your local bookstore, library, or even on-line. One of the best books to begin with is The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer.