5 Reasons Child Birth Classes are a Game Changer
The Importance of Child birth classes
There are several reasons why I feel child birth classes are so important for families that I included it in my doula contract under ‘Client Obligations’. Some of the benefits of birth education classes are:
- Increased confidence for labor and birth among parents who attended classes
- Higher likelihood of breastfeeding success
- Improved communication between parents and their care providers
- Decreased need for analgesic medication (epidural) in labor
- Increased satisfaction with birth
- Families who attended child birth classes are also significantly less likely to have a cesarean surgery.
(Chalmers & Kingston, 2009; Enkin et al., 2000).
The significant difference in the cesarean surgery rate among those who take birth education classes and those who do not is nearly 20% among first time parents! While hiring a doula onto your birth team is a fantastic way to increase your odds of the benefits listed above, the educational responsibility of becoming informed about birth cannot be removed because of doula support.
Why Do I Strongly Recommend Families Take Out of Hospital Birth Classes?
Research has shown that US hospital child birth classes use various methods to “socialize parents to comply with hospital routines and expectations” and may fulfill institutional rather than individual needs (Armstrong, 2000, p. 583). Basically, these hospital classes are teaching you how to be a ‘good patient’ and how to have a birth that is typical in a hospital setting. Many of my doula families are preparing to have spontaneous, unmedicated, vaginal births which is unfortunately very much not the norm for a hospital birth.
What Classes Do I Recommend?
There are several options for child birth classes both online and in-person! For my most suggested online classes Click Here. For in-person classes or one-on-one classes with a child birth educator, you can search your local area via google or ask your doula for a list of upcoming classes that fir your family and birth goals.
Jenni Jenkins – Sekine is an Oklahoma City Bereavement, Birth, & Postpartum doula who serves her Central Oklahoma community. She is also a midwifery assistant with Holistic Birthing Services and planning to begin her student midwifery journey in 2022.
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