Birth Partners pregnancy mentors will begin childbirth education classes again in Chester, June 7, at 6 p.m. at the ABC Resource Center. Classes will continue June 9, 14, 16 and 21.
Birth Partners offers a 15-hour course in labor, delivery, breastfeeding and early infancy. Birthing is discussed from physiological (natural) and medically assisted perspectives, and topics cover a wide variety of evidence-based information about pre- and post-natal development, including the physical and emotional experience of labor, delivery and early infancy for mother and baby, the role of the labor partner, skills for having the most positive birth experience possible, and the path to successful breastfeeding.
Knowing how to navigate through the dozens of choices a parent will face during labor, delivery and the postpartum period can increase positive birth outcomes and reduce the amount of stress parents feel at this most important time in their lives. Birth Partners classes are taught by trained and experienced doulas and lactation educators, all infant and toddler specialists as well. Class instructors are also happy to offer referrals to other sources of maternity support as requested.
Why take a childbirth class? Evidence indicates that delivery was less distressing for those who attended childbirth education classes.
At age 6-9 weeks, infants born to parents who took classes that included early infant care displayed significantly better sleeping patterns than infants of parents who did not.
Classes facilitated positive birth outcomes, including reduction of Cesarean births.
The mother’s confidence in her innate ability to give birth was enhanced.
Positive feelings toward the birth, caregivers and the infant were fostered.
There was a decrease in the use of drugs during labor--including costly and potentially risky epidurals.
Attendance at childbirth classes was associated with a 75 percent increase in the odds that a child would successfully breastfeed.
Classes are partially funded through Plumas Children’s Council, Plumas Crisis and Intervention Center and Plumas Rural Services Women, Infants and Children Program.
There is a $60 fee for nutritious snacks and class materials. The fee is reduced according to a sliding scale; classes are free to WIC and other qualifying families. Pre-registration is requested.
For more information, contact Susie Wilson at 284-1406, firstname.lastname@example.org go to mamamentors.com.
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