Childbirth education is KEY to having the birth that you desire. In fact, I require you in my contract to have some sort of childbirth education course as a doula client. There are several great options for courses out there. I have listed all of our local educators in the community resources tab for you, but I have made it incredibly easy for you by also offering Childbirth Education classes.
Preparing for Birth Course
When I decided to become a childbirth educator I did A LOT of research in which curriculum I wanted to certify with. I discovered BEST while looking to certify with a new doula organization. To my pleasant surprise they also offered an educator route as well. I really enjoyed the curriculum, but I also loved the freedom they gave to me as the educator and owner of my business in format, timing, schedule, and even pricing.
The Preparing for Birth course recognizes that we are unique individuals and that throughout our lives we have developed skills to cope through life’s challenges. The class recognizes that the parent(s), are capable of doing hard things, and that their experience in birth matters.
We understand that there is no ideal way of birthing your baby, that each family’s path to parenthood is different and sacred in its own way. We seek to support and empower parents through information, discussion, and community with other parents.
The course strives to discuss birth in a way that is relatable to parents, and focuses more on their experience and their language. The course does not place focus on the care provider, but presents language and resources to help expecting parents engage in conversation with their health care provider and to navigate their way through modern birth settings.
We discuss birth based on emotional and behavioral changes experienced during labor and move away from the narrow focus on cervical dilation. Birth is an incredible and magical process, it is also vastly different for different people. While new parents love to learn guideposts for stages of labor, we also acknowledge that not every person will experience these things in the same way.
The Preparing for Birth course seeks to help parents prepare for life with their baby, for feeding their baby, for caring for themselves and their relationships, and for important signs to look out for after birth to keep the whole family thriving.
Parents receive a student handbook as a tool for reflection and journaling to help you prepare mentally and emotionally for this journey. It also includes handy references such as questions to ask your provider, options to consider for your birth preferences, birth and postpartum plans, how to know baby is getting enough milk, and the Edinburgh scale allows parents to do a self assessment for how you are coping emotionally after the birth of your baby.