What is the Value of Childbirth Education?
I hear women say they are just going to go with the flow for the birth of their child and I wonder… When picking a color to paint your child’s nursery, do you just walk into the paint store, let the cashier know why your there and allow them to pick the color for you? When in need of a car seat or stroller do you just grab the first one you see, or do you look at their features, maybe read some reviews and make a decision based on your needs and circumstances?
When it comes to your birth, do you know your options?
Birth is a normal physiological process. It’s the most normal thing in the world. And it is probably the only time in your life you will check yourself into a hospital, completely healthy ‘just in case’.
Unfortunately, the media portrays birth as an emergency, and we as women, and a culture, are conditioned to fear it. Taking a childbirth education class can help women and their partners understand the process and flow of birth and what their amazing body will do. Knowing this inforamtion, and your body, will help reduce the fear. And when we reduce fear, we reduce tension, which in turn reduces the physical pain a mother experiences during childbirth. Women are perfectly designed to give birth, and their babies are just as perfectly designed to move through the birth process. Each part of this process has a benefit for baby and the mother, and the baby is not just a passive recipient, but an active participant in birth.
So why is this so important? Statistics show that in the developed world, the United States has some of the worst outcomes in maternal care. It can take approximately 18 years for new research and evidence to become standard of care in our hospitals, and our cesarean section rate is climbing… 33% (nearly 3 times the recommended rate by the World Health Organization). So 1 out of 3 babies are currently being born through a surgical incision, and I don’t think it is because mothers have changed. I believe it is because maternity care has changed. The one thing that each mom can control is her understanding of her body and birth.
If I told you there was a way to have a more comfortable birth, a safer birth, and a healthier birth, would you want to know how?
Our childbirth classes will teach you and the support person(s) of your choice how to manage the physical process of labor and birth, using massage, and movement and relaxation techniques. Hands on practice sessions will give your partner the skills and tools to make labor a more manageable and intimate experience. We discuss medical interventions and when you might want them to assist you in your birth and when you might not. Even if you know you want pharmacological pain relief during birth, do you know what options will be available to you? The risks, the benefits and alternatives? The best timing to use them to reduce the odds of your birth ending in a cesarean section?
When mom understands the transitions within the birth process, she can better advocate for herself and her baby.
Our next Lamaze Class, a comprehensive 5 class series, begins September 3rd. We also offer a condensed class for those who cannot commit to the full 5 weeks. Space is limited so our class has plenty of time for your needs and questions to be addressed. Register online at http://www.nurturingnestreno.com/childbirth-education.html . If you have any questions, please, don’t hesitate to reach out! Or, if you’d like to register over the phone, please call 775-825-0800.
Rachel Ching, LCCE, PCD(DONA), CLE, CPST
Rachel Ching is a native of Gold Hill Nevada and a graduate of Western Nevada College. For the past 18 years she has embraced the entrepreneurial spirit as the owner of Gold Hill Bookkeeping Services and the Nurturing Nest. For 12 of those years she was a volunteer firefighter and EMT, serving in various positions from Treasurer to Fire Chief, and spent 2 years as chair of the town council in Silver City.
After the births of her 3 children, her desire to educate and support women during pregnancy and childbirth led her to become a birth and postpartum doula serving in the Reno area. She also became certified as a Childbirth and Lactation Educator, and a Child Passenger Safety Technician. As a co-leader of the Truckee Meadows Birth Network, she has developed a passion for helping moms and babies thrive – especially in the ‘4th trimester’ and for helping families develop holistic wellness and peaceful parenting skills in the years beyond.
As the owner of the Nurturing Nest, she is blessed to be part of many families journey’s into parenthood. She supports informed choices and provides information so you can be empowered to birth and parent your way. She is incredibly honored to hold space and offer support to women as they bring a new life into the world and transition into their role as mothers.