Updated: Jan 10
One: There's something so special about sitting in class with a cohort of parents with similar estimated due dates. Especially in a 14 week series when everyone has a chance to get to know each other more fully. Now is your chance to build your support network. I love it when students bring each other meals postpartum and walk together on this parenting journey.⠀ ⠀ Two: Even if you've given birth before, having a weekly class to attend is a nice way to commit to yourself and your partner in preparing for birth together. It gives you the opportunity to focus on the changes your life and relationship is about to undergo, time to bond with baby, to practice relaxation, comfort measures and communication together. A time to talk through fears and concerns, a time to prioritize your birth preferences and consider your options together.⠀ ⠀ Three: I can almost guarantee your out-of-hospital provider *expects* you to become an informed consumer. They likely assume that by making the choice to birth at home or in a birthing center, you are committing to obtaining a full understanding of physiologically normal birth and its variations. They expect you to develop coping skills, to ask thorough questions, to do everything in your personal power to maintain a healthy pregnancy. This is an important responsibility you have taken on by choosing OOH birth. Congratulations on your dedication. ⠀ ⠀ Four: Transfers happen. I don't say this to scare you and we are certainly not going to dwell on ALL the what-ifs in class, but we also aren't going to shy away from the hard conversations. I want to walk with you through some scenarios and help you navigate what decisions you might make if you encountered such situations.
Because it's better to have the information and not need it than to need the information and not have it.