Your tailored course may include:
- What happens to a woman’s body in labor and birth.
- How to know labor has begun and when to go to the hospital/birthing center.
- Coping techniques: relaxation and breathing techniques to help the laboring woman.
- The role and importance of a support person and how they can help: massage, acupressure, movement.
- Hospital procedures: how long do you stay, what to bring.
- Pain management options: epidural, Entonox (gas and air), TENS machine.
- When birth doesn’t go as planned: interventions that hospitals may use.
- Caesarean birth: why you might need one, what happens during the procedure and aftercare.
- Empowering yourself to talk to medical staff and have your questions answered.
- What are the differences between giving birth at a hospital, birthing center or at home.
- What to expect after the birth: for you and your baby.
- Infant feeding: breastfeeding and/or bottle feeding, how to do it, including different positions and problems that might arise.
- Newborn care: how to hold, bath, change and burp a baby, help your baby to sleep, why your baby might be crying and any other questions you might have.
- Postnatal depression: what are the signs and how to get help.
- How a baby can affect your relationship with your partner.
- Where to look for support.
."We felt like the entire experience was catered to us, and what we needed/wanted to know
about, instead of being mixed into a large group of strangers - without anyone to listen to us. We
left with not only a great deal of knowledge, but also confidence on how to approach our birthing
experience." Carlee B.