The moment a child is born, a mother is also born.
She never existed before.
The woman existed, but the mother never.
A mother is something new.
Lessons in preparing for childbirth are really lessons in living.
I believe that anxieties about the upcoming labor and birth are related to normal and understandable anxieties about the upcoming change in one’s life. People sense that this change will be enormous and unprecedented, and the birth is the bridge into that Unknown. I have found that addressing the life transition, as well as the newborn period, in a realistic and honest way, is an essential component in preparing for birth. It is not just about that 1 or 2 days of labor.
If that birth is a positive experience, there is less time and energy needed for “processing” the birth (if it has been disappointing or traumatic) and the parents are able to go immediately into the challenges of the newborn phase, and integrate their new identities and lifestyles.
Unique to Supported Birth Classes
- Learning about the Fourth Trimester and the “Five S’s,” including swaddling, calming, baby swings, sleeping
- Newborns cues, needs and responses
- Mom’s physical and emotional recovery; postpartum moods and mood disorders
- The film Sex Love and Babies depicts couples sharing their experiences with body changes, sex lives, relationships, and myths about parenting
Supported Birth discussions explore
- Your own parents and childhood
- Viewing partner as a parent
- Feelings about having children throughout life
- Anticipated parenting challenges
- Expected relationship changes, challenges
- Personal qualities that influence us
- Mutual praise and support!