Empowering yourself with education and support for birth helps build confidence in your ability to give birth. Education gives you the resources to make informed choices on your journey into motherhood. It helps lead to higher rates of satisfaction of your birthing experience and a reduction in fear and anxiety. It is also associated with higher rates of vaginal birth.
In class you will learn various tools on how to cope with labor along with understanding the process. Your partner will learn ways to help support you and what to expect. We cover topics such as stages of labor, movement and labor positions, medical interventions, coping methods, decision making, the rights of childbearing women, breastfeeding, and much more. You also have the opportunity to meet and connect with other parents in your community.
For almost 50 years, Lamaze International has been the leader in childbirth education and is recognized worldwide.
Barbara Katz Rothman
Throughout history, women have been supported during labor by other women. A doula is a trusted person who provides continuous emotional support and physical comfort during labor. Doulas answer questions, provide resources and emotional support to both you and your partner during pregnancy.
Studies show that doulas increase the satisfaction of your birthing experience and help improve bonding between mother and infant. All while also decreasing pain scores and medical complications.
Research shows that the presence of a doula decreases the likelihood of having a cesarean by up to 39%, needing artificial oxytocin to speed labor by 31%, needing pain medication by 10%, and having a negative experience by 31%.