I am currently studying to take my Lamaze Childbirth Educator exam in November. I have found that education is a major key to changing the current status and outcomes in America today regarding birth. If we are going to make change, it must begin on the consumer level. Consumer driven change it what has helped to turn the tide and change standard practice in OB care through the years. But there is still work to be done, and changes that need to be made.
The more that I learn about the Lamaze 6 healthy birth practice’s the more I believe in the power of education for the pregnant mom.
Lamaze Healthy Birth Practice
- Let Labor Begin on it’s own
- Walk, move, and change positions throughout labor
- Bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support
- Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary
- Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your bodies urge to push
- Keep mother and baby together, it’s best for mother, baby and breastfeeding.
Think about these for a moment, if you have already had children or if you are getting ready to, how can these 6 practice’s assist you along the way? I challenge you to give yourself the best chance of a healthy, satisfying, and natural vaginal delivery by finding good education. Quality education includes information about normal physiological birth, comfort measures, practical application of these, information and empowerment through positive birth stories and evidence based information. After taking a class I believe that you should be able to understand what your personal goals are for giving birth and the postpartum time, and that you have the ability to know how to process information given by your care provider and apply it to yourself so that you are able to make the very best decision for you.
Childbirth Education is the key to you finding out what you do and do not want throughout your pregnancy, labor and birth. It empowers you to talk to your care provider, your family and to choose your support team.
Women were designed for giving birth, and although it is natural, it isn’t always easy. That is where solid education is so valuable. As women we can accomplish anything that we out our minds to.
Kooshlie Care Doula Service is now proudly offering Childbirth Education classes, you can find more information here.