This lesson focuses on your attitudes about birth and "Self-Care", meaning how can you can physically prepare for birth. Also, the importance of support - who will be with you. Keeping a journal about your birth experience will help you prepare emotionally. It will also record this event for years to come.
This lesson explores the dynamics of emotion and its effects on the human body which influence the labor process. Scientific research is discussed to learn how you can use this information to help manage your labor.
"Self-Care" through labor refers to what you can do, on your own, to manage labor. Because it's recommended to stay home as long as possible before going to your birthing facility, you should practice and use skills at home to help manage your labor. These are transferable sills that you may be able to use in your birthing facility.
Childbirth is unpredictable, just like life itself. So it's good to know about your options available to you. These are options that will vary from hospital to hospital. So its best to go on a tour of your birthing facility. This lesson goes into depth about contractions - fear not, they are manageable.
INTRODUCTION – Read First
Welcome to Smartbirth!
Lesly Federici here, your childbirth educator!
I am a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE, FACCE). I’ve been teaching childbirth education for over 20 years. I’m also an RN who specialized in Labor and Delivery. I only teach now online and at a local hospital. I’m also certified in hypnosis as a “Hypno Counselor” through the National Guild of Hypnotists.
This online childbirth class is a resource for for expectant moms-to-be, dads, and partners world wide looking for information on preparing for childbirth, how to have a natural birth, birth with medications (epidural), how to use breathing techniques, comfort measures for labor, and how to manage “labor pain”. And MOST of all, your mindset for birth.
The information offered here encompasses the philosophies of Lamaze (R) International, current evidenced based practices for childbirth, and my own philosophy based on 20 years of teaching expectant couples and experience as a labor & delivery nurse.
Evidence based practices are those practices that have been proven, through research, studies, and medical science and documentation, to benefit the laboring women.
Many hospitals, even though the evidence is clear, do not implement these practices. In the USA the care women receive during labor and birth in hospital environments often lead to increased medical interventions and unnecessary Cesarean births.
Maternal/Infant care is undergoing great changes in the United States to implement Evidenced Based Maternity care.
This creates a challenge for you, the expectant mom, in three ways:
1.learn what these evidence based practices are and how they can enhance your birth experience
2. present this information to your doctor
3. have the birth experience you want in spite of opposition from others (family, friends, even your doctor)
Two practices you should look into right now:
- Get a midwife. Midwives are very safe care providers to manage prenatal care and childbirth. If you can’t find a midwife and you are seeing a doctor – that’s fine. Then …
- Get a Doula or a Labor Support Person ( a trusted friend or family member). A Doula is a person trained to provide emotional and physical support to the laboring woman and works as a “team” with her partner. Research has shown that their presence in the labor room decreases the use of medications and cesarean births.If you can’t get a Doula, enlist a family member , a sister, mother, etc. or friend who would be willing to be with you during your labor.
Throughout this free online childbirth class, will be sprinkles of Evidence Based information and resources for you.
This online childbirth class supplements your “live” childbirth education class at your birthing facility (hospital, etc. ).
This online childbirth class provides you with information on mindset, relaxation techniques, breathing for labor, movement, physiology, and much more. I also offer teleconferences, events and support calls. Make sure you subscribe to the mailing list to stay informed.
Do yourself a favor – don’t wait to the last minute to enroll in a birthing class! Be PROACTIVE! This is YOUR body, YOUR health, YOUR baby, and your experience – no one else’s. Learn well, birth smart. What you learn and experience in birthing classes can affect your:
- Attitudes about birth
- Level of labor discomfort
- Confidence and self-trust
- Perception of birth
While at the same time, provide an educational foundation for you and your new family!
Tour this class by following the numbers (#) of each post and title. Discussion BUILDS from the previous one. Each lesson guides you through the information in an organized manner. The topics are meant to flow into the next to build on the information presented earlier. You’ll get the most out of it if you follow it consecutively.
The topics provide information and discussions with explanations when needed. There are also suggested readings from other sites that you can access immediately. And remember, you can take the quizzes at the bottom of each page to test your understanding of the topic.
I welcome your comments and suggestions. This site is for you. So if there’s something you would like to know more about, let me know – send me a message below! I want the feedback. There are links to other websites to reinforce, or give more information on a topic. These links may change. (Disclaimer)
Something to remember
All childbirth education classes, be it Lamaze(R), ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association), Bradley, and others, all share the common goal in guiding you, assisting you, preparing you, and empowering you with information on options and choices in planning a birth experience that is rewarding, filled with positive memories, and right for you.
I hope this this online childbirth class provides you with information you want, need, is useful,raises your awareness about birth, is interesting, and fun. I welcome your questions and feedback. Leave a comment or send me a note
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