You’re pregnant! Congratulations! With pregnancy come a lot of new feelings, sensations, and questions.
There are so many ways to get information these days: books, the web, friends, and your healthcare provider. Many expecting women ask why they should take a childbirth class if they can just Google it or ask their best friend who just had a baby. There are great benefits to taking a childbirth class.
1. An actual, live person who is an expert in childbirth
New Arrival Educators has certified childbirth educators leading their classes. Many of the educators have additional education and certifications as well. A certified childbirth educator has taken in-person trainings, read several books, researched topics for a written report, taken a test, signed an agreement to remain in a scope of practice, and agrees to stay current with evidence-based practices through continuing education. With a combined total of almost 100 years of experience teaching childbirth and parenting classes, New Arrival Educators are experts in the field.
2. Answers for your questions
Taking a childbirth class gives you the opportunity to ask questions, any question. No question is too embarrassing, too weird, or too silly to ask. This is your opportunity to ask your most important question and get an educated, non-biased answer. Every now and then, there is a question that your childbirth educator does not have an answer to, but rest assured she will find the answer and get back to you!
3. Get your partner involved
Moms get to experience the joys and challenges of pregnancy firsthand. Everything from nausea to those first fluttering movements of baby is experienced first by mom. Your childbirth class gives your partner the opportunity to experience an important part of the process. It gives them the opportunity to ask questions, discover ways to support you throughout labor and birth, and helps to reduce any fears they may be having.
4. Builds confidence and makes you powerful
Discovering ways to reduce anxiety and gain knowledge are extremely important for expecting families. There are so many new things to learn on your parenting journey, and with that, there is sometimes anxiety and fear. Knowledge about the process and knowing your options will make you a powerful parent who is able to make the best decisions for your family, while reducing your fear about the unknown. The ability to relax and trust your body in the labor process will assist you in an easier labor, and help you to enjoy the process as well.
5. Best use of your time
Busy is an understatement for many of us. Many expecting families feel that they do not have time for a childbirth class. We understand that, and have designed our classes to fit busy schedules. Our classes are designed for you to get a lot of information in a short period of time, with the ability to get more answers even after your class has ended. Taking a Saturday and becoming prepared for a variety of situations is so much better than having to quickly and frantically gather information, while working with con
tractions, and not having time to process that information in a timely manner.
Share with us your favorite part of your childbirth class, something you learned that surprised you, or some advice that you really took to heart. We look forward to hearing from you!