Benefits Of Birth Classes
Child-birth classes are a popular trend – which have only gotten stronger and more effective over the years with many moms-to-be in the last few decades. Birthing classes could range from pre-natal care, managing your pregnancy, pain management, useful breathing techniques, and effective techniques during labor to post-natal care for the mother and the new born, effective parenting and more.
Some of the advantages of these classes are –
Since pregnancy is an event which is a personal experience, there are many personal opinions, dos and don’ts, rumors, improper and incomplete information floating around, which may confuse the pregnant mother. Thus it helps to enrol in a class which provides technical, accurate and issue-specific information, together with expert doctors and other medical professionals and thus help the mother take an informed decision.
It helps to share your experiences with fellow moms-to-be or experts and clarify your doubts and fears especially considering our busy lives, busy spouses and nuclear families.
Being part of group also supports emotionally, mentally and socially, apart from motivating each other – for example in case of exercising routines. Pregnancy is a time of less motivation, especially with respect to physical fitness routine, and hence being a part of a social group can be extremely helpful.
Many classes focus on maintaining health, warning signs of any health problems, how to manage your exercise and nutrition, breathing and relaxation techniques, what to expect during labor, pain management during labor and much more.
It also provides an avenue for bonding with your spouse, in case you both can attend the classes together and be involved equally in the entire process of child birth before and after delivery
Some of the techniques included in classes may be –
Lamaze techniques – increasingly popular, these techniques are used to teach the expectant mother to promote natural birth, reduce pain during the labor process and after birth, mainly by regulating breathing, managing movements and positions, using massages and more
Hypno-birthing – based on the use of self–hypnosis, it teaches you to relax, and ease pain, during the pregnancy duration, during labor and during postpartum recovery. It helps better to call upon the inherent maternal instincts and use them to guide the pregnancy positively
Physical fitness – Sessions focusing on using Yoga techniques, Pilates, breathing techniques and good nutrition that help prepare the mom better for the pregnancy and child birth process, apart from aiding the recovery process after delivery
It is indeed a wise investment to enrol yourself into a birthing class, and ensure a supportive and joyful pregnancy!